Naledi Initiative (NI) nonprofit community based organization in partnership with the Rotary Club of Meru, continues to provide mobile cancer screening and awareness camp in rural areas of meru region. Meru Region is experiencing an increasingly heavy cancer burden which is attributed to multiple factors including lifestyle changes and increased proliferation of cancer risk factors. According research done by Meru Hospice and Aroh Cancer Centre, 2019, says that Meru region of Kenya has one of the highest cancer rates in the country.
The cancer screening drive is a part of Naledi Initiative's sensitization program aimed at creating much needed awareness on the significance of early detection and prevention of cancer which can enable early treatment and better outcomes. Naledi Initiative aims to serve the humanity and uplift the down-trodden and underprivileged section of the society. It has been constantly working towards the cause of cancer awareness through various initiatives such as Save Life and Give Hope cycling and walk to create awareness, organizing free cancer screening and medical camps for the underprivileged section of the society.
“Although cancer is treatable when detected early, it is unfortunate that about 70% of people diagnosed with cancer in Kenya die, with Meru carrying the biggest burden, since cancer has no specific symptoms. The only option is to practice healthy lifestyle and going for early screening” Robert Murithi-RC Meru President 2021-2022 said.