Pcv 16 April 2010

Proposal

Description of Project

The PCV is working with PINK Benin to plan a workshop on using community radio to raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as training community health workers to screen for breast cancer and refer women for follow up. The workshop will be two days long. Six PCVs have identified a radio announcer and a health worker each who will come to the conference, along with the PCV, to learn about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options. After the workshop, the health workers will teach women in their communities to do regular self-breast exams and the radio announcers will include breast cancer in their health programming.

The workshop is mostly funded by PINK Benin, a local NGO dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer in Benin. We have also sought SPA funds to cover HCN transport and hotel costs, as well as documentation for workshop participants to take home with them. GSP funds will be used to cover the transport costs of four PCVs to the workshop site, as SPA cannot cover PCV expenses. Several PCVs will already be in Parakou (the workshop location) due to the IST being held the previous week, so we are not seeking funds for their transport.

Dates of Project: May 14-17 Parakou

Number of People Involved:
7 female PCVs, ages 23-30 - will participate in workshop
1 male PCV, mid-20s - will participate in workshop
6 female health workers, age TBA – will participate in workshop
6 male radio announcers, age TBA - will participate in workshop

Budget:

Item Number Cost
Transport Kerou to Parakou RT 1 20,000 cfa
Transport Madjatom to Parakou RT 1 12,000 cfa
Transport Bante to Parakou RT 1 6,000 cfa
Transport Cotonou to Parakou RT 1 12,000

Total Requested: 50,000 cfa

Closing Report

Brief Project Description:
The PCV is working with PINK Benin to plan a workshop on using community radio to raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as training community health workers to screen for breast cancer and refer women for follow up. The workshop will be two days long. Six PCVs have identified a radio announcer and a health worker each who will come to the conference, along with the PCV, to learn about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options. After the workshop, the health workers will teach women in their communities to do regular self-breast exams and the radio announcers will include breast cancer in their health programming.

The workshop is mostly funded by PINK Benin, a local NGO dedicated to raising awareness of breast cancer in Benin. We have also sought SPA funds to cover HCN transport and hotel costs, as well as documentation for workshop participants to take home with them. GSP funds were used to cover the transport costs of four PCVs to the workshop site, as SPA cannot cover PCV expenses. We also contributed towards the purchase of T-shirts for participants, to encourage a sense of unity and solidarity, as well as to advertise PINK BEnin and encourage breast cancer awareness.

Dates of Project: May 14-17 2010
Number of People Involved:
6 female community health workers, ages 25-45 received training on screening for breast cancer and treatment options available in Benin
2 female midwives, age 35, assisted with training and screening
103 women, ages 15 to 65 received a free breast cancer screening as part of the practical component of the workshop
2 women members of NGO, ages 26 and 32, assisted with planning and implementing workshop
Total number of women involved: 113
1 male community health worker, age 27, and 7 community radio announcers, in their 30s, received training on breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options in Benin
3 male doctors, ages 40 to 50, and 2 male medical students, age 25, assisted with screenings, translations into local language, and training health workers and radio announcers on medical concepts
3 male members of NGO, ages 33-35, assisted with planning and implementing workshop
Total number of men involved: 16
1 male PCV and 7 female PCVs identified participants and attended all training activities
Total number of PCVs involved: 8

Goals of Project:
The overall goal of the project is to equip communities with the information and basic tools necessary to raise awareness of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment options among rural Beninese women

Specific objectives:
1. To train seven community health workers by the end of the conference on breast cancer and how to screen for it, including how to train rural women in local language to do self breast exams.
2. Train seven community radio announcers by the end of the conference on breast cancer, its risk factors, diagnosis, and treatment.
3. Increase from 0 to 25 the number of women tested for breast cancer in each participating community by July 2010.
4. Increase from 0 to 30% the percentage of women seeking follow up treatment for a nodule in each participating community by July 2010.
5. Increase from 0 to 1 the number of radio shows dealing with breast cancer in participating communities by July 2010.

The overall goal was definitely achieved, and specific objectives 1 and 2 were also definitely achieved. It has taken longer than anticipated to get feedback from communities about goals 3,4, and 5 but the anecdotal feedback received indicates that these goals are on their way.

Strengths of Project:
The biggest strength was the practical application portion of the workshop. The health workers were able to screen over 100 women, which both helped women get screening for breast cancer, but also helped the health workers gain experience of breast exams under the supervision of a doctor. They were then able to ask follow up questions and deepen their understanding of the process.

For the radio announcers too, the practical application was key. While women waited to be screened, they answered questions about breast cancer and did mini-awareness raising sessions. This was an invaluable experience for them, which they can then take back to their communities.

Challenges of Project:
Logistics were a huge challenge. Our original choice of venue did not work out, due to scheduling problems. We then found a second venue, at a much higher price. Upon arrival, this second venue turned out to be completely unprepared for us, despite our repeated contact with them to ensure their availability. So, we had to switch venues again, which made the first evening of the workshop frustrating for participants and organizers. Once the swtich was made, however, things went very smoothly. We recommend having a team of people check out the venue ahead of time, and arriving one day in advance of the activity to ensure proper preparation. In addition, the radio announcers were unwilling/unable to offer the project free air time. Next time, we would contact the radio directors directly and sign contracts with them, offering a training in return for a specified amount of free air time. Finally, we were planning to have an automated SMS tracking system to do monitoring of participants in village, but were not able to build the system in time. Instead, we are tracking project progress through phone calls and individual follow up. We would recommend having realistic monitoring plans given the amount of time available before an event.

Budget:

Item Number Unit Cost Cost
Transport Bante to Parakou 2 4.500 CFA 9.000 CFA
Transport Madjatom to Parakou 1 5.500 CFA 5.500 CFA
Transport Kerou to Parakou 2 5.000 CFA 10.000 CFA
Zemidjans within Parakou 11 100 CFA 1.100 CFA
T-shirts** 50 488 CFA 24.400 CFA
Total Cost 50.000 CFA

**T-shirts cost a total of 1000 cfa each, with GSP contributing 488 cfa and pink contributing 512 cfa per shirt.

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