Cancer Advocacy Academy
The overall aim of the project 'Cancer Advocacy Academy' is to enhance the access to specialised, scientifically correct online information for European patients from those European countries with proven insufficient records of access to internet and to increasing the capacity of cancer patients to best use social media channels in a way that will further benefit their work.
This one year project, run by ECPC, is funded by the Waldesian Church in Italy.
The overall objective will be reached by achieving the following 2 deliverables:
• Deliverable 1: The grant was partly used in order to provide eight ECPC Full members with hardware to allow them to access the internet. The organisations were selected based on their outstanding work/dedication and on the necessity for them to receive support in carrying out their activity. The 8 organisations are based in Romania, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, FYROM and Spain.
• Deliverable 2: ECPC will also provide two dedicated online trainings to the eight beneficiaries:
By providing equipment to these eight beneficiaries we contributed towards our aim: enhance the access to specialised, scientifically correct online information for European patients. We strongly believe that access to good information starts with the possession of good IT equipment. Indeed, empowering cancer patients starts with providing them the instruments to raise their voice in the new, fast - paced, 21st millennium. Cancer, in fact, knows no difference of age, gender and education level. The role of ICT technology is fundamental in ensuring cancer patients can understand and access vital information about their disease.
Thus, having updated equipment will allow these organisations to:
• Become more visible on social media
• Communicate their best practices with other ECPC members that are abroad
• Create awareness campaigns online
• Print awareness materials and help cancer prevention
• Better support their patients who are not always able to come in person