HALIKU – RAISING AWARENESS, PROVIDE SUPPORT AND REFERRAL FOR WOMEN’S CANCER
HALIKU or “Hau Hili Atu Kura” which means “I choose to be healed”, has done great activities with the objective to raise awareness about women’s cancer by informing the community about risk factors, signs and symptoms. Socialization focused on sensitizing women and youths not to be embarrassed or afraid to come to a health facility for treatment.
The HALIKU team also educated its beneficiaries about conducting regular self-examinations for the early detection of breast cancer and about signs of cervical cancer through: raising awareness for community members in villgaes, mini workshop for students in from pre-secondary school, mini workshop for womens soldiers, mini workshop for church, mini workshop for men and parents as well as for Mother Support Groups
Early in 2019 the HALIKU team and Dr Alito Soares, the President of Breast Cancer Committee of Timor-Leste, presented mini-workshops at two Universities in Dili to raise student’s awareness about women’s cancers. In the meaning time, the team been invited by WHO Timor-Leste to presented to Health Science students from universities including representative of the staff from UN Agencies in Dili on International Women’s Day celebration hold at Hotel Timor. The HALIKU team also conducted socializations for rural youth in 3 villages in Aileu municipality, and for women in religious orders.
In addition, HALIKU team feel privilege as the team being trusted by Ms. Cidalia Nobre Guterres, the First Lady of RDTL, who showed her support for raising awareness about breast cancer during 2019. She invited the HALIKU team and Dr Soares to join her at events with rural women in Gleno, and events at five administrative posts in Dili with youths, parents and local authorities. After the event at the PNTL Police Academy in Dili, the Commander of Police said he was grateful for this information, because it was important for women officers to understand, and men officers to know about breast cancer for their families. HALIKU also continued to disseminate information through Community Radio, TV, brochures, and pamphlets to participants to increase their knowledge about women’s cancer and prevention. Thus in 2019 there were 1, 555 participants attended raising awareness and socialization sessions.