Women's Coalition Against Cancer (WOCACA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that is led by women and girls. It was officially registered on May 20th, 2013, under the Trustees Incorporation Act (Cap 5.03 of the Laws of Malawi).
WOCACA was founded by women and girls who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer. The organization was established with the recognition that cancer, particularly reproductive cancers, is one of the leading causes of death among women and girls in Malawi and across Africa. In Malawi, rural women and girls are particularly vulnerable to the burden of cancer due to limited access to healthcare services and information. WOCACA acknowledges this disparity and aims to address it by focusing on raising awareness, providing education, advocating for improved access to healthcare services, and offering support to those affected. By being founded and led by individuals who have personal experiences with cancer, WOCACA brings a unique perspective and understanding to its work. The organization is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of women and girls, ensuring that they have the support, and knowledge necessary to prevent, detect, and manage cancer effectively. .
Our vision at WOCACA is to create a vibrant society free from the burden of cancer, where all women, girls, and their families can thrive and enjoy a life of health and wellbeing.
Our mission is to actively contribute to the prevention and control of cancer among rural women and girls. We achieve this by conducting impactful advocacy campaigns, raising awareness, providing education and training, fostering networking opportunities, offering counseling services, facilitating screenings, ensuring timely treatment, and extending unwavering support to patients and their families.
WOCACA seeks to enhance the capacity of duty bearers, including community-based organizations, parents, teachers, traditional and religious leaders, to provide high-quality and comprehensive SRHR, reproductive cancers, and other NCD-related services.
WOCACA is dedicated to empowering rural women and girls by providing education and raising awareness about SRHR, reproductive cancers, and other NCDs, enabling them to make informed decisions about their health.
WOCACA aims to establish strong partnerships and networks with relevant stakeholders, such as government agencies, NGOs, and healthcare providers, to collectively address the challenges faced by rural women and girls in accessing SRHR services and combating reproductive cancers and other NCDs.
WOCACA advocates for policy changes at local, regional, and national levels to address the systemic barriers and inequalities that hinder the provision of comprehensive SRHR services, reproductive cancer prevention, and NCD management for rural women and girls.
Advocating for the promotion of patient advocacy, care and support increasing public awareness on the prevention and treatment of reproductive cancers and consciousness of the effects of the disease on patients, families and societies as a whole.
WOCACA is dedicated to advocating for the promotion of patient advocacy, care, and support for individuals affected by reproductive cancers. This includes increasing public awareness about the prevention and treatment of reproductive cancers and raising consciousness about the physical, emotional, and societal impact of the disease on patients, their families, and society as a whole.
Promoting information exchange and good practices networking among local, regional and international organizations on SRHR, Reproductive Cancers and other NCDs, access to medicine, and alcohol and tobacco control.
WOCACA aims to foster information exchange, share good practices, and facilitate networking among local, regional, and international organizations focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), reproductive cancers, other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), access to medicine, as well as alcohol and tobacco control. By encouraging collaboration and knowledge-sharing, WOCACA strives to collectively enhance the effectiveness and impact of initiatives in these areas.
WOCACA is dedicated to providing personalized social support solutions for women and girls affected by reproductive cancers and other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). This includes offering simplified, holistic, credible, and consistent information to empower individuals in making informed decisions about their health.
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WOCACA values the importance of raising awareness about Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), reproductive cancers, other Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), access to medicine, and alcohol and tobacco control. By promoting awareness, WOCACA aims to empower individuals, communities, and stakeholders to make informed decisions and take proactive actions towards better health outcomes.
WOCACA embraces and celebrates diversity in all its forms. It recognizes and respects the unique backgrounds, perspectives, and needs of individuals and communities. By fostering inclusivity, WOCACA ensures that its programs and services are accessible and relevant to all, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, or socio-economic status.
WOCACA believes in the power of education as a catalyst for change. It emphasizes the importance of providing comprehensive and accurate information on SRHR, reproductive cancers, NCDs, and related topics. Through education, WOCACA empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their health, advocate for their rights, and take control of their well-being.
WOCACA is driven by a deep and unwavering commitment to its mission. It approaches its work with passion, dedication, and a sense of purpose. This commitment fuels WOCACA's efforts to make a positive impact in the lives of marginalized rural women and girls, ensuring access to quality healthcare and support services.
WOCACA recognizes the importance of collaboration and partnerships in achieving its goals. It actively seeks to collaborate with local, national, regional, and international organizations, as well as community-based organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders. By fostering collaboration, WOCACA aims to leverage collective expertise, resources, and networks to create sustainable and impactful solutions.
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