BHF News FebMar24

Success in numbers

We look back at what the BHF achieved last year, proving their unwavering dedication and passion for helping women with breast health and breast cancer.

Breast Health Training at Tintswalo Hospital 

Following Phukani Women’s Clinic launch, a week-long training on breast health and cervical cancer was conducted for Tintswalo Hospital’s staff, including nurses and doctors, facilitated by BHF. All hospital staff were invited to participate, with a focus on imparting knowledge and skills necessary for self-breast examinations and early detection. The goal was to empower both the hospital’s staff and the community they serve.

Phukani Women’s Clinic 

The official launch of the renovated clinic in June 2023 was a momentous occasion, marked by the presence of the MEC for Health in Mpumalanga, Sasekani Manzini, who joined them in celebrating breast and cervical survivors from the Women’s Clinic at Tintswalo Hospital.

Phelophepa Train 

The entire nursing staff aboard the Phelophepa Train underwent comprehensive training on breast health and breast cancer at BHF offices, led by nurse navigator Zamo.

Subsequently, BHF’s team of patient navigators joined the Phelophepa train at Dube station. Throughout the week, BHF was dedicated to educating everyone who passed through the train on breast health. 

Adding to the impactful collaboration, Professor Carol-Ann Benn joined the train one day to provide consultations for those who presented symptomatic concerns.

Patient Navigation 

BHF have five mobile education units in various provinces nationally (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ga-Rankuwa, Durban, and Acornhoek). These units are run by breast cancer survivors, providing education, awareness and psycho-social support to all affected by breast health concerns. In 2023 BHF have:

  • Educated 52 300 people on breast health and breast cancer.
  • Navigated over 4 200 patients presenting with breast health concerns through the relevant breast clinics.
  • More than 450 of these patients were diagnosed with breast cancer and supported by BHF navigators.

Breast Course For Nurses

BHF navigators, Ouma and Jeanette, along with Sister Sendra from Tintswalo Hospital attended the three-day Breast Course for Nurses training at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. This detailed training covered all aspects of breast health and breast cancer.