The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) every year marks January as the Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. To shade light on the grim picture, the Local Committees of Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Medical College for Women’s’ and Hospital with the collaboration of ‘Cancer Awareness Foundation of Bangladesh’ from 15 -25 January are organizing the grand fundraising campaign “Teal and White, Fight for Light” under the Standing Committee on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights incl. HIV and AIDS, BMSS.
Cervical cancer is the 3rd most common type of cancer in women in Asia. The picture is grim in Bangladesh also as Bangladesh has the highest level of incidence and mortality rates due to cervical cancer among women. ShSMC LC and MCWH LC with the collaboration of CAF, BD is launching this strong fundraising initiative to break the stigma and collect donation to vaccinate underprivileged woman against cervical cancer.
On 19 January 2021, 7PM a Digital Poster Presentation Competition has been organized which is open for All. The participants have to give a 3 minute presentation on their submitted poster in zoom in the presence of esteemed judges. There will also be a short Q/A session by the Judges to the participant on their submitted poster and presentation.A webinar will be held on January 20, 2021 at 8 PM with Honourable guests from the official Facebook group of Bangladesh Medical Students’ Society (BMSS). Prof.Dr.Ashrafun Nessa, Chairperson, Department of Gynaecological Oncology, BSMMU; Dr.Lubna Mariam Assistant Professor, Radiotherapy NICRH; Dr. Mohammad MasumulHaque, Founder and Secretary General, Cancer Awareness Foundation of Bangladesh will be the dignitaries of the webinar. In the event, the story of a cervical cancer survivor will be shared.
The event aims to immune underprivileged girls of reproductive age against cervical cancer by vaccination. Everyone is requested to send donation in this Bkash number : 01986714531 by 25 January. The tentative date for vaccination is March 17, 2021 to mark the birthday of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Written by: Iftekhar Ahmed Sakib
Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka