The flagship cause is the BIG WAR against Cancer and the ten major Cancer-related Diseases (Diabetes, Renal Disease, Obesity, Hypertension, Malaria, Schistosomiasis, Helicobacter pylori, Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and HPV).
The BIG WAR is aimed at taking holistic preventive health care to the grassroots through the use of Mobile Cancer Centres (MCC).
WHY WAS CANCER CHOSEN AS THE FIRST FOCAL CAUSE OF THE CECP?
The CECP is concerned with all aspects of societal well-being including health. The choice of cancer as the flagship cause for the CECP initiative is strategic given the fact that cancer is not just a health issue.
Cancer affects every ramification of life and should be a major concern to the private sector, since it has cut short the lives and careers of many gifted and talented professionals. Cancer is a catastrophic illness.
A catastrophic illness is any disease that takes away more than 30% of the income of the family. Therefore tackling the problem of cancer indirectly, solves other related problems like children dropping out of school, poverty e.t.c.
THE NEED FOR THE BIG WAR (THE CASE AGAINST CANCER)
1. CANCER —THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF MANKIND
• Cancer is the number one killer disease of mankind
• One out of every three persons will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime
• Cancer is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally
2. CANCER —A GROWING EPIDEMIC
• The worldwide burden of cancer doubled between 1975 and 2000 and is set to double again by 2020 and nearly triple by 2030.
• It is projected that by 2030, one out of every two persons will be diagnosed of cancer in their lifetime
• In contract, deaths from infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS will decline by 7 million every year
3. CANCER — A MAJOR PLAGUE IN NIGERIA
• Every year over 100,000 Nigerians are diagnosed with cancer, and over 70,000 die from the disease
• The Nigerian cancer death ratio of 2:3 is one of the worst in the world
• Cancer and the ten related diseases kills more people than all other causes of death in Nigeria
4. CANCER — THREE COMMON CANCERS KILL 90 NIGERIANS DAILY
• Cervical cancer which is virtually 100 per cent preventable kills 28 women every day in Nigeria.
• Breast cancer now kills 32 Nigerian women every day
• Prostate cancer kills 16 Nigerian men every day.
• Liver cancer kills 14 Nigerians every day.
5. CANCER – CAN AFFECT ANY ORGAN, ANY PERSON & ANY FAMILY
• All organs of the body are prone to cancer, except the nail and hair, which are composed of dead cells
• Cancer can affect anyone, irrespective of age, sex or social class; some children are born with cancer
• When Cancer affects an individual, the entire family suffers. ‘A person does not have cancer; a family does.’
6. CANCER — THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE ILLNESS
• Cancer’s economic toll was $1.16 trillion in 2010 (up from $895 billion in 2008 — equivalent to 1.5 percent of the world’s GDP)
• Nigerians spend $200 million annually to seek treatment abroad
• Corporate organizations in Nigeria expend a lot of funds on treating preventable cancers among their employees every year
7. CANCER —THE GREATEST CAUSE OF INEQUALITY IN GLOBAL HEALTH
• 70% of cancer deaths take place in poor countries due to lack of infrastructure to deal with the problems
• 90% of cervical cancer deaths take place in poor countries
• Only 5% of global resources for cancer are spent in developing countries
• Cancer hits the poor and vulnerable particularly hard, and drive them deeper into poverty
8. CANCER —-MOST RELATED DEATHS CAN BE PREVENTED
According to the World Health Organization (WHO):
• 1/3 of all cancers can be prevented
• Another 1/3 can be effectively cured with early diagnosis
• Palliative care can improve the quality of life of the last third
9. CANCER —-NIGERIA’S HEALTH SYSTEM IS ILL PREPARED TO DEAL WITH IT
• Nigeria has the seventh lowest life expectancy in the world
• Nigeria has no Comprehensive Cancer Centres, so most Nigerians have no access to optimal cancer treatment.
CANCER —DEMANDS FULL-SCALE WAR!
• We should ACT! (Attack Cancer Together!) Because every Nigerian deserves to live long enough to retire, to attend their children’s graduations or weddings, to see their grandchildren, and to enjoy the fruits of their labour
• We will ACT!! (Attack Cancer Today!!) Because tomorrow may be too late
• We must ACT! (Attack Cancer Totally!!!) Because only through a full-scale WAR can we defeat cancer
“We can make a difference by taking action today. We have the opportunity to stem this increase. This report calls on Governments, health practitioners and the general public to take urgent action. Action now can prevent one third of cancers, cure another third, and provide good, palliative care to the remaining third who need it.” Dr. Paul Kleihues, Director of the IARC and co-editor of the World Cancer Report 2012
“These findings bring into sharp focus the need to implement the tools already available for cervical cancer, notably HPV vaccination combined with well-organized national programmes for screening and treatment,”– Dr Christopher Wild, Director of IARC.
HOW CAN WE ACT! (Attack Cancer Together)!?
1. You can give on-line (www.quickteller.com) or via ATM (code 777526). Use this link: https://www.quickteller.com/ncpp to donate now.
For details on bank transfer, contact email@example.com
2. THE CECP FRIENDS/FOLLOWERS (CONNECTORS)
Get members of any group you belong to, to donate towards the MCC
Members of the general public who are on any of the social media may participate in the BIG WAR Campaign, by using their social media platform to broadcast information related to the campaign. Twitter handle: @cecpnigeria [#ACT! (AttackCancerTogether!)], #BigWarVsCancer, Facebook: facebook.com/cecpnigeria
THE CECP CONNECTORS
A ‘Connector’ is a volunteer of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria). Any person (or a group of persons) can be a Connector, irrespective of age, gender, profession or social class
ROLE OF CONNECTORS
The major role of the Connectors is to publicize the two donation platforms ( ‘777526’), among their contacts e.g. Family/neighbours, Friends/acquaintances, Colleagues/fellows, Customers/clients, Co-worshippers, etc
If you belong to any group, get the members to do the texting together each time you meet.
Members of the general public who are on any of the social media may participate in the CECP Campaign, by using their social media platform to broadcast information related to the campaign.
The social networks (TGIF + O) include:
T – Twitter
G – Google+
I – I-Phone, Instagram
F – Facebook
O – Others – YouTube, BB Group, Blogs
STEPS TO BECOMING A CONNECTOR – There are 3 simple steps which every aspiring Connector must take:
FIRST STEP – Choose a giving code (see Note A below)
SECOND STEP – Choose a target (see Note B below)
THIRD STEP – Register as a Connector by sending your full name (title; first name; middle name; surname), email address as well as your giving code and target to 44777
CECP-NIGERIA CONTACT: Twitter handle: @cecpnigeria [#ACT! (AttackCancerTogether!)],