Bakwena N1N4 toll road reaffirmed its commitment to gender equality by partnering with PinkDrive and the Department of Health for the tenth consecutive year. This partnership serves to raise awareness, educate, and provide critical cancer screenings to communities, reinforcing the idea that everyone deserves equal access to healthcare, education, and employment opportunities.
Over the last decade, Bakwena N1N4 toll road, in collaboration with PinkDrive and the Department of Health, has been committed to improving the lives of communities living along the N1N4 route. This year, the campaign focused on, among others, the Majakaneng and Bapong communities adjacent to the N4 at Brits. The primary objectives of the campaign are to educate individuals about various types of cancer, emphasise the importance of early detection through self-examinations, and provide clinical examinations,” Bakwena said.
The campaign included visits to local high schools to engage with both male and female students and partnering with the Department of Health and local clinics, encouraging them to join in the initiative by offering additional health services, such as pap smears, cholesterol checks and wellness assessments.
The campaign this year reached multiple clinics and schools.
“The campaign successfully reached a total of 5 261 males and 5 682 females, with 407 breast examinations and 102 PSA (Prostate-Specific Antigen) tests conducted. Seven individuals were referred for further follow-up care, emphasising the importance of early detection and timely intervention.”
PinkDrive, a Public Benefit Organisation, operates South Africa’s first mobile mammography and educational unit.
Their mission is to spread the message that “Early Detection Can Help Prolong a Life” to communities throughout South Africa.