Volunteer Association against Cancer of Achaia Prefecture “Agaliazo”
The Volunteer Association against Cancer of Achaia Prefecture “Agaliazo” was established in 2001 as a branch of the Volunteer Association against Cancer “Agaliazo” of Athens, which was formed in 1976. In 2011, Agaliazo of Achaia Prefecture became an independent nonprofit organization. The Association’s main activities include the coordination of daily teams of volunteers at the oncology departments of the 2 public hospitals of Patras in order to provide support and encouragement for cancer patients undergoing treatment. The volunteers of Agaliazo organize informational events at schools regarding the effects of cancer; they coordinate informational campaigns in the city of Patras and the greater region. Through its work, Agaliazo’s volunteers also inform people about the necessity of preventive checkups and organize volunteer training seminars. In addition, Agaliazo advocates for patient rights and collects food and medicine for the indigent families of cancer patients.
The grant regards the creation of a free cancer screening test program that will be directed mostly to people over 50 years of age who live in remote mountainous/agricultural areas of the Achaia Prefecture. A team of volunteer doctors (dermatologist, surgeon, urologist, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, gynecologist, psychiatrist) will visit 6 areas in the Achaia Prefecture for a period of 3 days in each area. The team of doctors will be supported by additional volunteers such as nurses and health care professionals. The examinations will take place at the local medical clinic of the area. During each visit to a particular region, there will be an event held to inform local citizens about cancer. Approximately 1,200 persons from the Achaia Prefecture will be examined, 75% of who will be over 50 years of age.