On 18 October 2020, the handing over ceremony of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) was held at the main office of NGO, Link to Life, in Vacoas in the presence of Ambassador KAWAGUCHI, Mr. GANGOOSINGH, President of Link to Life, and other members from the Embassy of Japan in Mauritius and the NGO.
October is the month for strengthening the Pink Ribbon campaign, an activity to raise awareness on the importance of early detection, early diagnosis and early treatment of breast cancer. The participants of the ceremony wore pink ribbons and other pink items and the venue was decorated in pink.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among the female population and also the one with highest rate of the death in Mauritius. Although the early detection is crucial for best chance of successful treatment and to avoid the disastrous consequences of cancer, people living in vulnerable regions face difficulties to have access to information on cancer and screening.
With the grant of 40,349 euros, the project equipped Link to Life with two portable ultrasound machines. Upon completion of the project, the NGO will be able to provide free breast screening to 2,500-3,000 women in the communities on a yearly basis.