The 2010 edition of the Bangladesh maternal mortality survey reported that breast cancer was responsible for more than a fifth of all women’s deaths between 15 and 49 years of age in the nation. With almost 15,000 women contracting breast cancer each year, coupled by an alarming mortality rate of 48.1%, it is clear to see that breast cancer is fast becoming a major cause of concern, not only for women, but also as an overall public health concern. The problem is especially exacerbated by the fact that healthcare services remain unaffordable and inaccessible to large portions of the population due to their socioeconomic status. This results in women being diagnosed with cancer when it is no longer treatable.
In partnership with Dhaka Ahsania Mission, Global One are to provide free breast and cervical cancer screening to the women of Bangladesh’s impoverished and marginalised communities using a mobile health unit equipped with specialist medical equipment. More than just providing screening and referral services, this project is also dedicated to producing materials and raising awareness of breast cancer to members of the local community in order to reduce the number of women dying from breast cancer due to late diagnosis.