We need your help!
Our current mammography machine is 8 years old and at the end of its life. Without a new machine we will lose the ability to screen the 100’s of women who visit the centre every week.
We are looking to raising £100,000 to buy a new machine made by Siemens.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer amongst women in Sudan
Though breast cancer awareness is spreading, culture, traditions and lack of diagnostic facilities result in 70% of patients presenting with a late stage diagnosis, causing many lives to be lost unnecessarily each year.
The Khartoum Breast Care Centre, founded in 2010 through the philanthropy of Dr Hania Fadl, is the only dedicated breast cancer centre in Sudan. Already, 23,500 women have come through our doors and we have around 30 new patients every week. We are not-for-profit and are able to offer subsidised or free treatment.
The mammogram machine we currently use is nearing the end of its life. When it breaks down, it can take up to 10 weeks to be repaired. That’s up to 1,200 patients who can’t be screened, and who may lack the time, assistance and money to come back again.
This new machine can’t come soon enough. Any donation, large or small, will be gratefully received. Can you help?
Cost of a mammogram machine
Number of patients treated at KBCC since 2010
Number of patients screened at KBCC each week
Dr Hania Fadl OBE
Dr Hania is a consultant radiologist who worked for over 20 years in the UK’s National Health Service, where she helped establish the UK’s National Breast Care Screening Programme. During that time, she saw the survival rates of British women rise to 78% but was heartbroken to see women in her native Sudan struggling to beat this treatable disease.
In 2010 she founded the Khartoum Breast Care Centre to provide international-standard screening, diagnosis and treatment in Sudan. The centre is primarily funded by the Hania Fadl Foundation. In 2015 she received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of her services to the women of Sudan, as well as the Order of Distinction from the President of Sudan.
Sudan was the largest country in Africa until 2011, when South Sudan separated into an independent country. Sudan is bordered by Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, the Central African Republic to the west, and Egypt to the north. It’s 34 million strong population is very diverse - 70% are Sudanese Arabs but there are many ethnic tribes and sub-groups. 80% of people live in rural areas or are nomadic which makes any health initiatives very challenging.
Political and economic instabilities have also led to difficulties in delivering high quality healthcare. Historically, its relationships with the West have been difficult, in particular due to US-imposed sanctions preventing goods entering and leaving the country. These have since been lifted by President Trump.
For the Khartoum Breast Care Centre, this meant we were unable to access medical supplies and parts for the mammogram machine. You can read more about this in the Guardian.
Nabila was six months pregnant when she first came to the centre for screening. We found a cancerous tumour that urgently needed treatment. Nabila had to decide whether to undergo chemotherapy that could save her life and risk losing her baby, or risk her own life too. We were able to provide her with 4 sessions of neo adjuvant chemotherapy before the delivery of her beautiful daughter Imar at full term. Imar is now a healthy 6 year old – we call her our youngest survivor.
Intisar was caring for her sister Nijet during her breast cancer treatment when she found a lump in her own breast. Whilst Nijet's cancer metastasized and she sadly lost her battle with the disease, Intesar is now 5 years cancer-free. Although tragically she lost her sister, the fact that she knew about the disease and about the Centre meant that she was able to get screened early and we were able to help save her life.
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