A second cohort will graduate next year
The first cohort of our Strengthening Organizations for a United Response to the Cancer Epidemic (SOURCE) Program graduated last week in two ceremonies in Uganda and Kenya. Twenty-six organizations graduated or completed the program across the two countries, and 15 graduated with distinction.
The American Cancer Society launched the SOURCE Program in 2016 to share what we know about fighting cancer with emerging civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kenya and Uganda so that they can implement a more effective and collaborative response to the local cancer burden.
Using best practices in organizational development and ACS’s own organizational experience as the global leader in the cancer fight, participating organizations develop and strengthen their systems, processes, and human resources over a three-year timeframe.
This intensive program of training, technical assistance, and ongoing assessment gives organizations the guidance, mentorship, and practice to become stronger, more efficient, and more effective leaders in the fight against cancer.
The graduation ceremonies were preceded by a CSO exhibition to introduce the SOURCE Program organizations to a wider community of potential donors and supporters, including the US government, foundations, and businesses. It also included a national cancer forum led by the umbrella body organizations for cancer control in each country: the Uganda Cancer Society (UCS) and the Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO). Each forum attracted panelists from government and the private sector, as well as human rights advocates and survivors, who spoke about the need for collaboration and partnerships to address the growing cancer burden.
The ACS global team recognizes and appreciates the amazing contributions of Mabadiliko Changemakers in Uganda and Steps Ahead Consulting in Kenya for implementing this program on the Society’s behalf with dedication, aptitude, generosity, and professionalism.
“SOURCE is the best thing that has happened to us,” said Josephine Sitawa, breast cancer survivor and founder of Breast Cancer Kenya. “We have grown from a young, naïve organization to a more focused one in a span of three years. The dedication and support of ACS and Steps Ahead has made us want to work smarter.”
A second cohort is underway and will graduate next year.