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Our Purpose

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle in-come countries where resources for prevention, diagnosis and treatment are limited or nonexistent.  Lack of awareness, fear, myths, stigma and misinformation are associated with the prevalent late stage presentations of breast cancer by many African women. Advanced breast cancer is costly, difficult or sometimes impossible to treat and may result in death.

Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA) Inc., was formed to take the lead in the advancement of breast cancer surveillance and improved survival rates targeting the most neglected low in-come communities of East Africa.  Our mission and purpose are:

  • To Touch, Teach, Change and Save lives impacted by breast cancer in East Africa
  • To strive to turn 70% of breast cancer diagnoses into survival stories
  • To educate the public about breast cancer
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Our Impact

  • 2016- Over 7,000 Rwandan women and counting have basic knowledge about breast cancer: risk factors and how to reduce their risk, signs and symptoms, importance of early detection and self-awareness

  • Innovative Strategies: Mobile Educational Application, Knitted Prostheses, Wellness Information center, Model Wellness Garden

  • Culturally appropriate Breast Health Curriculum and Materials

  • Partnership with Ministry of Health, Hospitals, Clinics, Civic Groups and Stake Holders

  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Health services
  • Technology
  • Fund raising
  • Training

Our Programs

  • One smartphone per village

    BCIEA Mobile Application is accessible in English on Android and iPhone. The Smartphone is donated or sponsored by our Supporters; Accompanied by a printed Guide in Kinyarwanda and the program is implemented by a TRAINED Village Ambassador (VA). She is mentored and monitored by BCIEA Coordinator. A VA is a breast cancer survivor or volunteer and after she is trained and equipped, she is deployed to create awareness in her own village where she is known and trusted. The VA implements awareness campaign using the local platforms already in place: Umuganda, which is a monthly national community clean-up followed by a meeting and the family meeting known as Umugoroba wa babyeyi; besides visiting churches women groups and schools in her village.   The Ambassadors are advancing in using technology through their Smartphones, connecting using Whatsap, Texting, Email Face Book and sharing pictures of their work. We currently using Boko Tool data collection form translated into Kinyarwanda--Thanks to Rachel Bittman, our 2017 Intern from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. We are working on having the app off line to offset internet issues in rural areas. To learn more about One Smartphone per Village Program visit:  

  • Ulinzi Walk Project

    Ulinzi is a Swahili word that means: protect, guard, save. We realized the need for a platform to promote breast health publicly.  Our initial Ulinzi Walk in 2012, with 300 participants, was a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite the community, honor survivors and encourage patients. People were able to learn steps to take to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is most treatable. Ulinzi Walk is a Signature Annual Event and this year, Houston, 5 K Ulinzi Walk is on Saturday, September 23, 2017 starting 8 AM at 2511 Eldridge Park, Sugarland, TX 77489. In Rwanda, BCIEA will celebrate the 5th Kigali, 5 K Ulinzi Walk, Saturday, October 28, 2017 starting at 8 AM from RDB Parking Lot and ending at Amahoro Stadium. For registration and more detail please visit:                                                      #breastcanceriseverybody'sbusiness worth investing in to save life.

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