REACH FOR RECOVERY KENYA PEER SUPPORT REACH FOR RECOVERY GROUPS • In Kenya, we have 30 trained Volunteers based in the following towns. • Nairobi, Kiambu, Ngong, Karatina, Nyeri, Thika and Machakos. • Nyeri, Kiambu, Nairobi and Karatina have formed their own Support groups that meet once a month. • We have two Groups of Reach for Recovery which are Coordinated by Catherine Ngaracu and Elizabeth Ragui. NUMBER OF VISITS • The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer and who have benefited from the Volunteers are as follows: • Karatina - 40 • Kiambu - 4 • Ngong - 10 • Thika - 4 • Nairobi - 20 CREATING AWARENESS • All the Volunteers have been involved in creating awareness about breast cancer in the communities around Kenya. During the month of October, we are always called upon to talk to the people who go for screenings and talk to them about our experiences as Breast Cancer Survivors. There were over 3000 people comprising of Women and Men who were screened. CHALLENGES • The Challenges that the RRK Volunteers face is lack of funds. Most of them rely on their small business • Also when they visit with these ladies, they find that some of them have either been misdiagnosed or mishandled by doctors in the Provincial hospitals. • Though If a volunteer cannot manage to go and see a patient, they make sure that they are in contact with them through calling them on the mobiles. Challenges – Cont’d • The other challenges that the RRK Volunteers face is trying to deal with a lot of ladies who have Metastases. • They are not able to deal with them as they cannot know what they are going through for the second time. • RRI needs to look into training ladies who have metastasis. Some of the already trained volunteers have had recurrences and these are the ones who should be considered for training.