Mulago and Stanbic Bank have joined forces to introduce a cancer screening program designed to assist busy working individuals in the corporate sector who struggle to find time for regular health check-ups. The initiative was announced following discussions that took place during the International Breast Cancer Awareness Day last week, with the participation of Stanbic Bank Uganda and the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) management.
Dr. Israel Luutu, representing the executive director at the Uganda Cancer Institute, expressed the aim of this corporate screening initiative is to make cancer screening services more accessible to individuals with demanding work schedules, such as Members of Parliament and bankers.
As part of their contribution, Stanbic Bank donated two beds and Pap smear kits, which are used to collect cervical cell samples for early cervical cancer testing. Diana Ondoga, the Manager for Corporate Social Investment at Stanbic Bank Uganda, emphasized the importance of prevention, stating that they support the idea of early cancer screening for corporate employees. This initiative aligns with their commitment to collaborating with the Ministry of Health to address healthcare challenges.
Sarah Nansikombi Lubega, the Manager of Women Banking at Stanbic Bank, mentioned their decision to support the Uganda Cancer Institute’s efforts in light of a recent appeal for assistance in providing care to the growing number of cancer patients, particularly women. She noted that 45% of these patients are female.
Previously, Stanbic Bank, in partnership with the Parliament of Uganda, donated over 4,000 Mama Kits to the Ministry of Health, enhancing access to maternal health services for pregnant women across different regions of Uganda.