Co-operative Bank of Kenya gets behind free cancer-screening campaign

The Banks allocated sh10 million (£75,920) to the programme over the next five years

A countrywide campaign supported by the Co-operative Bank of Kenya is providing free health checks to help identify cancer early on.

The programme is led by the bank in collaboration with the Beth Mugo Cancer Foundation and other partners.

The second free Cancer Screening Camp was held Friday 27 September 2019 at Lumakanda Primary School in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County. An earlier event in January enabled hundreds of residents to receive free cancer screening and related medical advice.

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has allocated sh10 million (£75,920) to the programme over the next five years with the aim of hosting free cancer screening camps in all Kenyan counties.

“We appeal to other corporate institutions and Kenyans of goodwill to join hands and create a movement around the importance of early screening and testing for the key health challenges such as cancer and diabetes that continue to ravage our families causing untold misery mainly due to very late diagnosis,” said the bank’s group managing director & CEO, Dr Gideon Muriuki.

Earlier this year the Bank also donated Sh 20m (£151,840) to the  ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign led by First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, who runs a half marathon to raise awareness and resources for HIV prevention.