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South Africa – Phakamisa launch event – National breast care nurses training

November 2021

AstraZeneca’s Phakamisa initiative welcomed the 2021 cohort of nurses commencing their Breast Course 4 Nurses at the launch event held in Tygerberg, South Africa. The initiative forms part of a larger strategic health project to increase the number of trained Oncology Breast Nurses in all clinics and hospitals throughout the country and will support prompt referral of patients with breast conditions, therefore reducing waiting time, in line with the Clinical Guidelines for Breast Cancer Control and Management.


In October 2018, the Department of Health launched the National Cancer Campaign (NCC) in response to the alarming number of cancer cases in South Africa. The aim of the NCC is to develop multi-faceted, comprehensive and inclusive strategies to reduce the cancer burden in South Africa.


Ruth Field, AstraZeneca Market Access Director for South Africa, said : “ We are delighted to be partnering on this initiative with the National Department of Health, ‘Breast Course 4 Nurses’ and Stellenbosch University, supported by our valued NGO partners. Patients are the priority of AstraZeneca’s Phakamisa initiative. Through capacity building programmes such as this, we aspire to redefine care, supporting early detection of disease, promoting primary prevention, and shortening referral pathways for breast cancer.“


On completion of their training the nurses will be instrumental in the establishment of regional hospital Breast Care Centres, as recommended in the Breast Cancer Policy. This will allow for effective and timeous triaging of patients with breast conditions to minimize delay in transfer to the next level of care.


Activity ID ZA-3319 | Expiry Date November 2023