Online Program

Zambian empowerment on breast cancer re-harmonization and awareness: A capacity-building project

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Tania Espinal, B.S., M.Sc., College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Cyril Blavo, MS, DO, MPH & TM, FACOP, Master of Public Health Program, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL
Lauren Kaczmarczyk, M.Sc., College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Zambia Empowerment on Breast Cancer, Re-harmonization and Awareness (ZEBRA) is a capacity-building and health promotion initiative that focuses on awareness of Breast Cancer and its de-stigmatization among the people of Zambia. The project is led by a U.S.-based NGO, International Health Initiatives (IHI) in collaboration with the Cancer Support Network of Zambia (CSNZ). The goal of ZEBRA is to train breast cancer advocates in Zambia to provide education on breast cancer to rural folks and urbanites, and to organize cancer support networks in their communities. This capacity-building initiative has begun, following a robust needs assessment. In collaboration with Zambian Oncologists, physicians and nurses, ZEBRA advocates have been trained and are disseminating Breast Cancer information with the support of educational tools and resources provided by IHI and endorsed by CTNZ. The training consisted of understanding risk factors, signs and symptoms, social determinants of health and attitudes relative to Breast Cancer. Use of a breast cancer tool kit and culturally competent communications were also addressed. The trained advocates were mobilized into rural communities to initiate the campaign. Outcomes, measured through formalized feedback, have been favorable and local stakeholders are pledging their support for the initiative. Our presentation will identify outcomes and lessons learned from the planning and implementation of the ZEBRA initiative, including the challenges in establishing a telemedicine unit in Lusaka, Zambia, which would serve as an interphase between cancer experts and advocates in the US and Zambia, build the capacity of providers, and assure sustainability of the initiative.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the process of organizing a capacity building project. Discuss the challenges in implementing a culturally component and behavioral change initiative on Breast Cancer in the face of stigmatization and misinformation.

Keyword(s): Breast Cancer, Community-Based Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: As an Osteopathic medical student and Public Health student I was entrusted to be the the project director of ZEBRA, and have been working on it for the past year under the mentorship of Dr. Cyril Blavo a global health leader and educator.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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