Internal awareness campaign
Objective: for all participants and volunteers involved in JOHB activities.
How: this includes presenting and explaining JOHB objectives and policies, as well as teaching the self examination technique and logistics strategies associated with the Big Journey, including bike and vehicle cooperation on the roads. This is done through a training manual and one-on-one demonstration on a training day prior to the annual Big Journey.
internal social responsibility PROGRAM
We understand that it is our responsibility if a breast examination we conduct detects an individual presenting a breast issue. We offer guidance and assistance up to the point at which the person has a full understanding of their situation.
Assistance will be provided according to the needs of the individual and assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Internal social responsibility supports:
Botswana is a large country, with little infrastructure in many areas. Therefore, where individuals have to travel to gain access to the above, we also cover:
This is undertaken to expedite the referral and treatment process, as breast cancer is a time-sensitive disease. By the time the patient has been through this process we will have compiled their own file on all results in order to enable them to manage the process.
Bosom Buddies Program
As part of our Internal Social Responsibility Program, Bosom Buddies are breast cancer survivors spread throughout the country who provide emotional support for newly diagnosed individuals. These are NOT a replacement for trained counselors. Where possible, training will be provided for the Bosom Buddies to become counselors.
Objective: To involve the activities of women’s empowerment groups.
How: This entails engagement of community groups to create fundraising or awareness products like beaded key rings. Also love cushions, drainage bags or crochet breast prosthesis for women undergoing mastectomy proceedures.
Khwee Mother, social responsibility in action
During our clinic stop in Letlhakane, we met Gotisitswemang Duhee , a 40 year old woman from Khwee village, who had recently given birth to twins – a boy and a girl. Whilst she was having her breast examination, some of the Journey of Hope team members rushed out to the shops and came back with bags full of nappies, clothes and blankets for the new arrivals. This gesture was well received by the happy mother of ten.
Duhee was also one of the 78 women who were referred to Bokamoso Private Hospital for ultrasounds, and saw the doctor in November 2017. Unfortunately she lost one of the twins, the week before her appointment, but returned home to her family, empowered by her cancer-free results.