CAN branch for Reho

Four years after establishing a voluntary programme, Rehoboth now boasts a fully-fledged support centre.

27 January 2019 | Society

The Cancer Association of Namibia (CAN) officially opened a local support centre in Rehoboth for the Hardap region on Monday.

At the event, the governor Esme Isaack said “it is our collective duty, no matter political affiliation or religious background, to unite in the fight on cancer in our community”.

CAN chose the Rehoboth site after the successful lobbying and active commitment by the local committee to formally establish a centre at this town.

CAN's CEO Rolf Hansen said, “in addition to the incredible support of the Rehoboth committee, a local resident, Johan Koningseder, left CAN a substantial inheritance in 2018 that we as board felt should be wisely reinvested in the local community where he served to try and better the community.”

Known as the Cancer Association of Namibia Hardap Centre, the project was established as a voluntary community programme in 2015 by a group of Rehoboth residents. In 2016 the group was formally recognised by CAN as the Hardap Voluntary Committee, with the mission to support CAN's head office activities throughout the Hardap region.

A commitment was made in 2017 that CAN would further the cause and invest in establishing a community centre at the town with a formal clinic and psychosocial support services to ensure that cancer patients in the greater Hardap region have easier access to the services the association offer.

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