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Prodiatera Charity Profile
Prodiatera is a non-profit charity acting to eradicate breast cancer through prophylaxis, education, screening as well as the creation of educational training programs for medical personnel countrywide.
Prodiatera was established in 2001. The organization was inspired by Amberheart, a Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and has continued its ideas and program in Poland,
Based on the expertise of its members, in cooperation with Amberheart , we have developed and introduced in Poland a countrywide, regionally addressed breast cancer screening program employing local nurses. Prodiatera cooperates with Polish women's and cancer advocacy groups and is also active internationally.
The ultimate goal of the organization is develop international standards for educational programs, addressed both to the medical profession and to women at large as part of a cost effective breast cancer preventive program leading to the decrease of incidence, mortality and morbidity of the disease. Prodiatera strives to introduce these programs as a part of women's healthcare programmes.
At present, Prodiatera is the only organization in Poland and one of few in the world that possesses a comprehensive integrated breast cancer prophylaxis program based on mid-level medical personnel, which can specifically attend to large numbers of women, both in large cities and more importantly in small towns and villages, which have been hereto underprivileged as far as health care is concerned.
At present, Prodiatera is also involved in research and development programs
As part of its program, from fall 2001 until autumn 2004, Prodiatera published 85,000 educational brochures and 50,000 pamphlets, trained 200 midwives and nurses as well as 22 breast health instructors from Poland, and utilizing the knowledge of the trained nurses, has surveyed and performed prophylactic examinations more than 13,000 women in Poland, and has made possible the effectuation of 4,600 free mammographies.
Most of the nurses trained by Prodiatera, as well as an additional group of 150 nurses and 20 doctors from various specializations are current members of Prodiatera.