World cancer day 2016 took place under the tagline “We can, I can“. It focused on how everyone-as a collective or as individuals can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the impact that cancer has, as individuals, families and communities. There are a lot of different cancers that are affecting people of all ages, causing physical, mental and emotional pain to those infected and affected.

Thrive also played a small but important part in acknowledging world cancer day. Friday the 5th of February saw a bevy of women who are our borrowers and their female friends at our Willowvale office for cervical cancer training. These health training sessions were initiated after research amongst our clients exposed the existence of such training needs. Cancer training has as such become routine at Thrive. Cervical cancer (in particular) is rated as the third most widespread cancer in the world. In Zimbabwe it is estimated that 1 in 4 women has a chance of contracting cervical cancer.  Our cervical cancer training was conducted by Mr Zvidzai, a trainer from Population Services International who is a guru in the area. He is very articulate and he brings visual examples to aid his trainings.

The trainer mentioned the causes of  cancer some of which include active or passive smoking, alcohol abuse, diet, obesity and having a first child very late in life to mention a few. He even emphasised how having a circumcised partner goes a long way in reducing the risk of cervical cancer, this made us realise why we should ask the women to bring their spouses next time.

To all our borrowers and everyone out there who cares, please join the fight against Cancer.