Purpose & Mission
The Cancer Association of South Africa’s (CANSA’s) purpose is to lead the fight against cancer in South Africa by offering a unique, integrated service to the public which involves holistic cancer care and support to all people affected by cancer. It’s mission is to be the preferred non-profit leader that:
As a leading role-player in cancer research (R6 million spent annually), the scientific findings and knowledge gained from our research are used to realign our health programmes, as well as strengthen our watchdog role to the greater benefit of the public. CANSA has more than 350 staff, 5 000 volunteers and over 30 Care Centres countrywide and is thus well placed to deliver its service to most communities in South Africa.
CANSA’s wide-reaching health programme includes screening and cancer control, a home away from home in the form of 12 CANSA Care Homes in the main metropolitan areas, plus one Hospitium, based in Polokwane, for out-of-town cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment. Furthermore, support is provided to children and their families who are affected by cancer - CANSA TLC lodging is provided for parents and guardians of children undergoing cancer treatment. CANSA Care Centres and Care Clinics offer specialist care and treatment (stoma | lymphoedema | wound care | medical equipment hire), individual counselling and support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones.
The CANSA Science & Resource Centre runs a toll-free information service during office hours: 0800 22 66 22 and co-ordinates CANSA’s research projects. CANSA gives out free CancerCare Coping Kits (audio programmes) in multiple languages. Download the 2013 PPT on CANSA’s Holistic Care & Support: English | Afrikaans.
CANSA needs YOUR support in the Fight Against Cancer
You can help CANSA fight cancer by raising funds online via GivenGain. GivenGain enables you to make a donation to an existing online fundraising project that we have created, alternately, you can become a fundraising activist for one of our online fundraising projects and manage your own fundraiser for us. Your supporters will be able to make a secure online donation directly to CANSA. Make a stand against cancer and become a fundraising activist TODAY!
How CANSA uses funds YOU raise to Fight Cancer
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4 November - Conversation by Niresh Gungadeen
Many thanks to Harry Mathura for his generous donation, much appreciated, Niresh Gungadeen