Newsletter | June 2019
Leadership Message | Purpose-driven commitment

While it is certainly exciting to see progress being made on the Inpatient Cancer Care Ward at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center [KCMC], I’m equally inspired by the work of our dedicated public health and outreach nurses.

They are making great strides toward the goal of expanding education and awareness about cancer screening and treatment in villages outside of Moshi where information is not easily shared due to the lack of modern means of communication.

Providers such as public health officer Antje Henke are tireless in their desire to improve the lives of the citizens of Tanzania. In this issue of the FCCT newsletter I am pleased to share her story.

Hazel Reinhardt

President and CEO, Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania

Provider perspective | Advancing Care

Antje Henke, MPH
Public Health Officer

Every eight weeks you can find Antje Henke in one of the local Kilimanjaro villages organizing, supervising and bringing to life a cancer prevention and awareness campaign called PrevACamp.

Since October 2016, Antje and her team at the Cancer Care Centre [CCC] have educated, screened and provided cancer awareness to thousands of local Tanzanians.

• Over 4,000 people received counseling.
• 2,300 women were screened for cervical and breast cancer.
• 500 people were screened for skin cancer.
• 40 men were screened for prostate cancer.

The CCC is fortunate that Antje, her husband Oliver Henke, MD and their three young boys were willing to make a life change and move from Berlin, Germany to Moshi, Tanzania to work at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre’s Cancer Care Centre for three years.

Antje serves as the Public Health Officer and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Cancer Prevention and Awareness Campaign (PrevACamp) and soon, the training of Community Health Workers in cancer awareness (PrevATrain). These campaigns will serve all Tanzanians in the entire Kilimanjaro Region.

Before coming to Tanzania, Antje received a master’s degree in both political science and public health. She worked in Berlin as a spokeswoman for social welfare organizations for ten years and has done research in the field of health and immigration for three years at Berliner Charité Hospital. Antje’s passion for providing cancer awareness and prevention is evident in all the work she has done to get the PrevACamp program off the ground.

The coordination needed between KCMC and the CCC, local health officials, hospitals, churches, businesses, surrounding villages and even the media is no easy task, yet Antje has managed to successfully organize three PrevACamps thus far with more to come.

Through these campaigns, the local people are being empowered to take control of their health and are being made aware of the preventative measures they can take to protect themselves from cancer.

Patient Care | Connect to purpose
Leonie Pukrop
Physical Therapist

A physical therapist from Germany recently began volunteering at the Cancer Care Centre and while she has only been part of the team for a few months she’s already made a significant impact. 

Leonie Pukrop works primarily with breast cancer patients and attends home visits with palliative care nurse, Anna Massawe. During these visits, she’s demonstrated the positive outcomes physical therapy can have when incorporated into post-surgical care. Patients are becoming more aware of her services and are specifically requesting that Leoni work with them.

In the clinic, Leonie provides specific education for patients who’ve had a mastectomy, understanding the special care and therapy needed after surgery, including dealing with weakness, scar tissue care, edema and flexibility. As well, she shows them how to do exercises at home, to improve strength, flexibility and how to avoid edema.

Leonie created a small book, translated into Swahili, showing all the exercises for patients to take home with them.

Most patients have not had any of this type of information or had any previous PT support. They haven’t been given any instructions on care after surgery, or how to do exercises. The patients have been very grateful for her help, and seem very eager to continue doing the exercises at home.

While on home visits with Anna, Leonie shows family members how to transfer bedridden patients and assist with movement and positioning. Leonie also shows patients how to do exercises in their bed. Relatives who previously had no knowledge of how to care for their loved one are eager and grateful for the home visits by Leonie and Anna.

Leonie believes that in addition to showing patients and family members the exercises that are critical to their recovery, it is important to show patients that someone cares about them, and wants them to feel comfortable.

Education and Training | The Road to Healing

Palliative care nurse, Anna Massawe recently traveled to the U.S. to expand her knowledge about palliative care.

While attending the Oncology Nursing Society [ONS] conference she was able to visit several hospitals and cancer centers in both North Dakota and California where she was able to shadow nurses who were working in palliative care and administering chemotherapy.

This was a tremendous learning opportunity for Anna and she has plans to implement many improvements at the CCC related to palliative care.

Follow FCCT on Facebook. You’ll read inspiring stories like Anna and Leoni’s and see how donor support is making a difference for providers, nurses and other caregivers committed to changing the lives of patients and families in Tanzania.

Save the Date | 2019 FCCT Gala

Remember to mark Saturday, October 26 on your calendar for the 5th annual FCCT fundraising gala where friends and supporters will gather to support efforts to improve health for those living in Tanzania.

The event will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel. Plan on joining us for a night of celebration and to learn about the outstanding achievements and continued growth of cancer care in the Northern zone of Tanzania.

The inpatient cancer ward is the critical next step to improve the care that can be provided for all of the cancer patients now coming to KCMC. At this time, raising money for the inpatient ward is FCCT’s primary focus.

The gala is an enjoyable and inspiring evening featuring a silent auction and presentations from providers directly involved in the development of the Cancer Care Centre.

If you are interested in helping, such as providing a corporate, full or partial table sponsorship, donations for the live or silent auction, please reach out to Mary Cook at 612-810-5897 or We are also looking for volunteers on the day and evening of the event.

Look for registration information in upcoming newsletters and on the FCCT website. Your participation in this effort is greatly appreciated.

Mary C. Cook
Gala Chair, FCCT


Visit the FCCT website to see the progress being made and learn how your support can save lives, ease suffering and transform cancer outcomes for the people in northern Tanzania.

Donate Now
Copyright © 2019 Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp