22.7m Persons Benefit From LAPO Cancer Intervention Programme

In line with the Nigeria National Cancer Control Programme, the organization is currently implementing the LAPO Community Campaign for Cancer Control (LAPO-C4) project aimed at reducing cancer-related deaths in target states.

Between November 2016 and December 2017, 22,835,703 people benefited from the programme in Lagos, Rivers, Edo, Imo and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, with key focus on awareness creation, screening, referrals and promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

A breakdown of the figures indicates that 21,948,000 persons benefitted from the media awareness campaign component of the intervention while 865,348 were reached directly. 11,620 persons, comprising 1,308 males and 10,312 females were screened with 10,735 referred for treatment in reputable hospitals. A total of 582,080 Information, Education and Enlightenment materials were distributed freely to persons in target states.

During a Mid-Term Review of the LAPO-C4 project in Benin City, the Executive Director of LAPO, Sabina Idowu-Osehobo said the organization was establishing and building the capacity of Community Committees for Cancer Control (C4) as a part of the sustainability strategies. Already, 18 community committees has been formed.

Lack of basic cancer screening facilities in primary health centres and high cost of pre-malignant surgery are major challenges hindering the fight against cancer in the country. The organization has however been able to address the challenges of ignorance and late detection of cancer among beneficiaries with the LAPO-C4 project in target communities.

The organization appeals for funding from the government, donor agencies and private organisations towards the success and sustainability of the project.