A PUBLIC-private partnership is bringing a cancer awareness programme to landowner villages in Hidden Valley, Bulolo, Morobe, Papua New Guinea .
More than 200 men and women from the Hidden Valley mine’s and three landowner villages took part in screening as part of a cancer awareness programme supported by Harmony Gold in October.
The three-day programme was conducted in Nauti, Kuembu and Winima Villages by Harmony in collaboration with health professionals from the Angau Memorial Hospital’s cancer unit.
“The activity was a wonderful example of the public and private sectors working together to improve health access for rural communities,” Morobe health authority’s rural outreach coordinator Dr John Ropen said.
“Harmony has done a great job bringing this vital health programme to the community.”
Ropen led a team of radiation therapists from Angau to Hidden Valley earlier this month to screen Harmony employees as part of a two-day workforce-targeted cancer awareness programme; the team consisted of Ropen, senior radiation therapist Julie Cecil and radiation therapist Emma Makande.
More than 80 employees took the opportunity to participate in the screening process offered by the team.
Breast cancer is a disease that affects many women and men throughout Papua New Guinea, and the impact of cancer on the families was evident from the personal testimonies generously shared by Harmony employees during the programme.
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