Credit Bank has announced its commitment to the prevention of cervical cancer by taking part in charity activities.
The lender is one of the sponsors of the Mt Kenya Running Championship which will be held in Meru County next week on Saturday.
Some Ksh50 million is expected to be raised at the event which will be channeled towards fighting cervical cancer in Kenya.
This was announced during the 10th Rotary Club Annual Golf Tournament hosted at Karen Country Club, where the lender was one of the corporate stakeholders backing the Stop Cervical Cancer Initiative.
The Stop Cervical Cancer Initiative is a collaboration between Rotary club and Women 4 Cancer, a Kenyan Non-Governmental Organisation committed to making Kenya a country free from cervical cancer.
The organization focuses on initiatives that target parents of pre-adolescent girls with reliable information on the HPV Vaccine as well as women of all ages through screening for early detection and navigation for prompt treatment.
“Credit bank supports women-led enterprises and we are keen on some of the deep issues they go through like cervical cancer,” said Monica Chege, Credit Bank’s Senior Marketing Manager
“The money raised during the tournament will used to increase awareness at the community level through health camps, supplying free HPV screening kits for women of reproductive age and facilitate timely treatment and educating families on the HPV vaccine due to the planned free national vaccine roll-out for eligible girls,” she added.
Ms Chege said cervical cancer is easily detectable and curable in its early stages and encouraged young ladies and their mothers to make sure they seize the opportunity.
The championship, organized by the Meru County Government is targeting over 5,000 participants and seeks to raise Ksh50 million funds which will be used to revitalise the fight against cancer.
According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI) data, cases of cervical cancer are prevalent making the tournament a much-needed exercise to stop the spread of the disease.
Cervical cancer can be life-threatening if it remains undetected or untreated.
According to Women 4 Cancer, cervical cancer affects more than 5,200 women in Kenya each year and more than 3,500 succumb to the ailment.