Need: Cancer In Africa : One Womans Journey
Juliet Uzoma- Aguwa ;wife and mother of two lovely girls , was born on the 2nd of October , 1973 with a medical background graduating as a Medical Case Manager/Masters in Healthcare Administration and a media background a previous African Actress from Nollywood., Juliet added a touch of Modeling to her portfolio Norma Pathon agency and Model search America to audition in San Francisco.
In 2008, Juliet was diagnosed with stage 3c Breast Cancer . In treatment Juliet still went to school, graduated and at every point gave others hope. She did not let cancer disarm her drive and was determined to share her experience as a means to fighting this ugly disease all around Africa giving hope strength and eventual cure. Through her battle with cancer she came in contact with many courageous African men and Women some of whom have passed on. Juliet fought the disease, stood up to cancer and emerged a Breast Cancer survivor.
There was no stopping her as she went ahead and became the founder of Courage to Dare Organization dedicated to providing advanced awareness about breast cancer to thousands of Africans home and abroad. To this end she was honored by Oprah Winfrey for making a difference in her community. She is the first African to become one of the 15 faces of Komen amongst other recognitions affiliated with ensuring that Africans aware of cancer, its preventive measures and all other related issues.
Cancer is increasingly recognized as a critical public health problem in Africa. While communicable diseases continue to burden African populations, it is becoming clear that no communicable diseases also require the attention of those whose goal it is to ensure the health of Africans. Increases in life expectancy, changes in diet and lifestyle, and lower burden of communicable diseases promise to increase the cancer burden in Africa over the coming years. To address this growing cancer burden, Courage to Dare Foundation is committed to fostering projects geared towards, research, education, and advocacy on a variety of levels to increase awareness of cancer in Africa. This awareness must be evidence-based and built on data that accurately and completely capture the occurrence, causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer in all African populations.
According to World Health Organization, by 2020 there are expected to be 16 million new cases of cancer every year, 70% of which will be in developing countries where governments are least prepared to address the growing cancer burden and where survival rates are often less than half those of more developed countries. The time to take action is now. From Nigeria and Senegal to Cameroon, to Sudan and Morocco, Rwanda, South Africa end to end of the African continent lets come together and stand up to cancer.
Juliet Aguwa, in addition to her organization's awareness, has personally embarked on projects that are still in the works. Some of these are the set up of a ‘Talk Show’’ with Juliet as the Host, it allows the community access to one on one interaction with doctors from all over the world who are specialized in various types of cancer. The Juliet show will give cancer patients in Africa the opportunity to share their stories and the need to cut down on the high death rate , The show will empower cancer patients and survivors through employment in various required fields and allow for show of talent.
Fashion for cure is another project that seeks to gather talents in from all over Africa on a reality show that showcases African designs and to be showcased on the international fashion weeks, festivals and run ways. Proceeds will go to cancer research, diagnosis and treatments.
The Banking, Media and Telecoms campaign will run international commercials all over the world to seek for funds to ensure that every country in Africa starting with Nigeria has a functional cancer center. This will also involve a great need of partnerships with existing hospitals, companies and organizations to create cancer centers in hospitals around Nigeria and Africa at large.
Juliet is also embarking on a documentary on her personal journey with cancer patients from diagnosis to treatment, cure and the life after. This is the story of the trauma and life-altering struggles that an African woman with breast cancer encounters which must be shared with the world to help implement change in the physical, mental and emotional stigma surrounding this crisis. This will in hopes, show at cinemas, live Broadway plays, sold on dvd and air on tv stations in Africa and around the world.
Courage To Dare will also look to be involved with Senegal on the pressing issue facing cancer patients in Senegal is addressed; Many thousands of cancer patients and other Senegalese suffer unnecessary agony because they can’t get access to morphine to treat their pain. In an interview with Human Rights Watch with more than 170 patients , family members and personnel, Many patients said they were in too much pain to be interviewed.
Courage to Dare cannot do this and do it well without your support so let’s join hands! As we stand up to cancer.
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