Almost 4 out of 10 (40%) of Nigeria’s female population are potential breast cancer sufferers and about 1 in 5 (20%) of all the population are potential carriers of the disease. Sadly, there is little awareness of these disease in the country. So, women are dying needlessly of breast cancer because of the lack of public awareness of this disease..
SAOF is actively involved in advocacy work/Cancer prevention and education in United Kingdom and Nigeria. We run quarterly health workshops and seminars on Cancer related topics in TLC(North London), Lewisham (South London) and Lagos Nigeria. The vision is to assist people living with cancer with both free treatments, drugs cum awareness on early detection and information on how to cure it
Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation (SAOF) is a breast cancer charity co- founded by Dr. Olayinka Oduwaiye FRCSED, a London based General Practitioner and Dr. Banji Oyegbami (MBBS, MBA), Medical Director, Betta Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.
The objective of SAOF is to provide information and public awareness for the early detection of breast cancer in women in Nigeria. In line with this primary objective, SAOF aims to provide free education and advice to all people, cutting across tribal, religious and ethnic backgrounds. SAOF is registered as a cancer charity in the United Kingdom and Nigeria.
Almost 4 out of 10 (40%) of Nigeria’s female population are potential breast cancer sufferers and about 1 in 5 (20%) of all the population are potential carriers of the disease. Sadly, there is little awareness of these dire statistics in the country. So, women are dying needlessly of breast cancer because of the lack of public awareness of this disease.
The co-founder, Dr. Oduwaiye lost his mother to this dreadful disease at a very early age. This personal tragedy has been his motivation for co- founding SAOF as a vehicle for raising awareness of breast cancer so that fewer families will lose loved ones to a disease that can be prevented or cured if detected early. A late diagnosis of breast cancer in Nigeria will almost certainly amount to death in a country where 70% of the population live on less than $2 a day.
As a charity we seek to provide information and education to women, particularly those of the most vulnerable group between the ages of 20 and 49 who according to our research are potential carriers of breast cancer. We provide information on breast cancer through leaflets, magazines, television programmes, radio and the social media. Most importantly we take our campaign to the poor and illiterate who do not have access to these media. We arrange cancer awareness meetings in villages, communities, churches, mosques and schools, through outreaches. We also provide emotional and financial support to people living with breast cancer on what can only be described as a shoestring budget.
SAOF’s major strength as a charity has been the commitment of its founders. There is so much that we are and can still do as a cancer charity with the very experienced medical professionals we have. The survival rate of cancer amongst women in Nigeria would be greatly improved if there were sufficient public awareness of breast cancer. We cannot do this work without money.
Generally speaking, cancer diseases have been so prevalent and common among both male and female populations particularly in developing countries of the world. There are over 200 cancer diseases all over the world but the most common among the female population is breast cancer. Despite the deadly nature of the disease, little or no attention is paid to it and something that started from a little lump can easily degenerate into a life threatening disease with all its attendant problems of stress, pains and agony for the unsuspecting female patients.
In Africa and particularly Nigeria, there is paucity of information available regarding the detection, prevention and cure of breast cancer and this has made the treatment of the disease to be very expensive and outside the reach of over 90% of the population who cannot afford treatment in the UK or abroad. If you are not one of the very rich who can afford treatment abroad the prognosis is almost certain death. This has led to unnecessary waste of precious lives. Although recently, there have been a number of charity organisations providing information on the early detection of breast cancer, sadly they are grossly inadequate vis-a-vis the population of Nigeria, estimated at 170 million people. For most of the population, especially in rural areas, there is zero breast cancer awareness. It is this gap in Nigeria that motivated the founders of Sarah Ayoka Oduwaiye Foundation (SAOF) to set up this Charity.
Also the setman, Doctor Yinka Oduwaiye has passion for youth development and has in plan to collaborate with international bodies to bring training cum future-oriented guidance to empower our youth and produce next generations leaders. As time goes on we will unfold our youth empowerment programme
We cannot but continue to be grateful to the Chairman of the foundation who has contribute immensely to the success of this foundation from inception till date. We are currently operating from an office premises donated to us for free by Dr Banji Oyegbami who is our Chairman and one of the trustees for the SAOF.