Fight against Breast Cancer – AECS Spain, Catalonia

Name of the activity: Fight against Breast Cancer

Country/NMO: AECS Spain, Catalonia

Program: Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator

Type of the activity: Continuous Activity

Category: Education

Focus area: Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Sustainable Development Goals addressed: GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING

General description:

University students held a stand to raise awareness about breast cancer. They distributed informational material, displayed informative posters, taught self-examination techniques, and invited a 24-year-old breast cancer survivor to speak about her experience and support. The initiative aimed to educate the public and encourage investigation about breast cancer. Social media was used to promote the event and share extra information.

Problem statement:

Breast cancer has been in investigation for a long time, and being a gendered type of cancer it also suffers the same inequalities as gender-based problems.

Target groups:

General population, Medical students, Healthcare Students, Women

Beneficiaries:

General population, Medical students, Healthcare Students, Other Students, Doctors, Other health professionals, Women

Objectives:

– Reach out the maximum of healthcare students in order to raise awareness of inequalities when it comes to breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and experience within our community.
– Raise awareness about young people with breast cancer and how to detect any problems by self-exploration and reaching out to your practitioner in case of alarming factors.
– At least 60% of the students at university can explore, know the signs and know how to treat a breast cancer patient.

Indicators of Success:

– Great reach of participants (+100 people) who reached out to us and patients with questions and wanted to get more information.
– Great impact on social media (+100 likes, lots of streamings and live spectators during the conversation with Marta, the activist and former breast cancer patient).

Methodology:

It was a one day activity, in two turns (morning and afternoon) and a later-on social media campaign.
The organising was done by 10 people from the same university and LC, in collaboration with a local cancer organisation, which helped organize the activity. We did 2 meetings for a needs assesment, what they could help us with and meeting with Marta to see what topics we wanted to tackle.
It was all done with materials that either AECS or the AECC (cancer orgnisation) already had, so not much waste was generated.

Plans for evaluation:

Social media impact (through shares, likes, live stream views), direct feedback (asking each person to write us the feedback and how they felt the impact of the activity had on their knowledge about breast cancer before vs after).

External collaborations:

Yes, with AECC, a local cancer organisation. They helped us with logistics of the activity, materials to give out to people and put us in contact with the former patient.

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