Organization

Our Mission

Cervical cancer, after breast cancer, is the single most common form of cancer with women under the age of 45. Globally, nearly 500.000 women are diagnosed of which half of them do not survive. Considering 80% of these women live in developing countries, these are usually young mothers who form the foundation of the household and are irreplaceable for the income of the family. When they pass away, the implications on family life and their community is catastrophic.

The harrowing fact is that cervical cancer can in fact be prevented and treated fully when diagnosed and treated early.

The Female Cancer Foundation was founded from the ideal to fight cervical cancer globally. A cancer-free world. Not Utopia but realistic goal, which can be reached by local screening and treatment of women, the education and informing of the local people and research. Everything the FCF does intended to be given back to the local government and community, who then can continue the fight against cervical cancer. Through the Train the Trainer principle we ensure that local healthcare workers gain the knowledge and the experience which they can then share with their local communities.

History

Female Cancer Program Foundation, known as Female Cancer Foundation as of 2011, was founded in 2006 in Leiden and was an initiative born from the partnership in the 80’s between the departments Gynecology, Pathology, Immunohematology and Clinical Epidemiology from the Leiden Universaty Medical Center in The Netherlands (LUMC).

The above-mentioned partnership was founded from the ideal to globally fight and eradicate cervical cancer. Based on this conviction, in the 90’s, several hospitals worldwide were approached in regions of the world where there is a high incidence of cervical cancer. So far, through the LUMC, FCF has engaged in long-term, structural partnerships with fellow institutions in South America (Suriname), Africa (South Africa, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Zambia) and Asia (Indonesia, Bangladesh).

Small but Smart

With only a small team in the office, a large number of volunteers and a completely unsalaried board we are happy to have close and clever partnership and frameworks that ensure a large reach of voice.
Based on the conviction that at least 80% of all funds should be used for projects and programs, the Female Cancer Foundation strives for the minimal organization in the Netherlands.

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Together with the board, there is a strong base of permanent advisors, volunteers and a committee of recommendation. They support the Female Cancer Foundation voluntarily.