Employees and contractors of Anglogold Ashanti Ghana raised voluntary contributions of GH30,000 to support breast and prostate cancer research at the Kumasi Center For Collaborative Research (KCCR). The donated funds will help KCCR expand its research on early detection methods, treatment options public awareness campaigns on Prostrate and Breast cancer diseases.

Human Resource Superintendent – Staffing and Line support of the company Ms. Hilda Archin described the charitable initiative as part of the Anglogold Ashanti Ghana’s Sustainable Development Strategy, which actively contributes to the health and wellbeing of the people of Obuasi and Ghana.

Ms. Arhin recalled that the ‘ BOOBS and BALLS’ initiative begun in 2019 at which time the initiative raised GHS 27,277.40 for the Noguchi Memorial Research Institute to support cancer research. She noted that with the pandemic posing major challenges for the initiative’s campaign to create awareness on Breast cancer and Prostrate cancer, the team devised innovative ways to reach out to communities.

Scientific Director of Kumasi Center For Collaborative Research Prof. Richard Odame Philips received the cheque and thanked Anglogold Ashanti for the kind support. Prof. Philips said the funds will help KCCR purchase equipment and molecular facilities to undertake expanded research on the two diseases. Prof. Philips noted that while a lot of work had been done to address prostate and breast cancer, there was still more work to be done by all stakeholders. He called for the establishment of more research facilities across Ghana to address the needs of communities.

He conceded that though efforts have been made to deal with Prostate and Breast cancer, there is still more work to be done by all stakeholders. He called for the establishment of more research facilities across the country to be able to meet the needs of the communities with respect to breast and prostate cancer.

KCCR is a joint venture between Ghana’s Ministry of Health (MoH), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, and the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine (BNITM), Hamburg, Germany. KCCR is international platform for biomedical research in tropical medicine.

Credits: Obuasitoday.com | Sampson Manu