In order to increase public breast cancer awareness and education in Ghana, HopeXchange helped create the Ghana Breast Cancer Alliance (GBCA). The GBCA is a collaborative force combining the knowledge and experience of leading Ghanaian experts with the resources and expertise of some of the world’s premier breast cancer facilities and organizations.
Founding members of the GBCA include:
- HopeXchange Medical Center
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
- Experts from the two leading medical facilities in Ghana (the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra), as well as from the Peace and Love Hospital in Kumasi
- Leading Ghanaian NGOs (Breast Care International and Reach for Recovery Ghana) with extensive local experience in breast cancer awareness and outreach
- The global leader in developing and implementing breast health guidelines in resource-constrained countries (the Breast Health Global Initiative);
- Leading breast cancer experts representing major international medical centers, such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, USA, the Catholic University Medical Center in Rome, Italy, the University of Innsbruck Medical Center/TILAK in Innsbruck, Austria, and Ion Chiricuta Cancer Institute in Cluj, Romania.
- The Health Department of the Catholic Church of Ghana, which is the second largest provider of medical services in Ghana.
The GBCA will promote the importance of breast health and the value of early detection through a specially designed series of breast cancer outreach and awareness programs. The programs will utilize a newly designed standardized format, based on existing best practices, to improve coordination among the various independent outreach efforts currently conducted throughout the country. Specialized training will be provided to the healthcare professionals and volunteers conducting the programs to ensure programmatic consistency and quality.
The GBCA is also currently developing a public survey tool aimed at assessing the state of breast cancer knowledge, beliefs and fears among women in Ghana. The survey tool will be utilized in conjunction with the pilot outreach programs.