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Nufufest, University of Ghana (Ghana) received Honorable Mention in the 2024 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. Nufufest is an annual breast cancer awareness campaign which was established by the Paemka Genetics/Genomics Research Laboratory and the West African Centre for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens) (WACCBIP) to address the pressing need for breast cancer education and early detection, Nufufest leverages the power of youth engagement, harnessing the enthusiasm and creativity of student volunteers. Through a multifaceted approach encompassing educational workshops, free screenings, and community outreach initiatives, the campaign aims to empower women and men with knowledge, facilitate access to preventive healthcare resources, and build supportive environments for patients and survivors.

Nufufestis a direct response to the alarming reality of breast cancer in Ghana: 50% of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer in Ghana do not survive. To this end, the mission of Nufufest is to empower African communities with comprehensive breast cancer education and early detection resources to address the disproportionately high mortality rates. By doing this, we envision a future where every African community is informed, proactive, and supported in the fight against breast cancer, drastically reducing the disproportionate mortality and bringing hope to every diagnosed individual.

The campaign targets the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-being), championing equitable access to healthcare information and resources. What began as an on-campus initiative has evolved into a national movement, extending its reach to communities beyond the university’s boundaries. Since its inception in 2018, the campaign has made significant strides in addressing the pressing issue of breast cancer in Ghana. Over the past six years, the program has facilitated free screenings for over 2,500 individuals. Nufufest’s efforts have led to increased awareness and knowledge about breast cancer risk factors, early detection methods, and the importance of regular screenings.

Furthermore, the program has played a crucial role in combating the stigma surrounding the disease, creating supportive environments for patients and survivors through facilitated support groups and curated social media platforms. With over 1,500 student volunteers engaged across various committees within the program over the years, Nufufest has not only impacted communities but also provided valuable practical experiences and leadership opportunities for the next generation of changemakers. Nufufest empowers Ghanaian women to prioritise their health and take proactive steps toward early detection and prevention.

What students and staff say about the NUFUFEST:

“Volunteering with Nufufest has been an enriching experience. It has provided me with practical skills in event management and community outreach and instilled in me a deep sense of purpose. Seeing our efforts’ direct impact on individuals’ lives is truly humbling.”

Cresential Eduafua Enninful, Nufufest Volunteer, and level 400 Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology Student.


“My involvement with Nufufest during my time as a student at the University of Ghana was transformative. The program opened my eyes to the critical importance of breast cancer awareness and early detection. Even after graduating, I remain committed to the cause, continuing to volunteer and support Nufufest’s initiatives whenever possible.”

Courage Siame, Nufufest Volunteer and Graduate of the University of Ghana.


“Nufufest is more than just a campaign; it’s a movement that empowers women to take charge of their health and well-being. Our dedicated team of students and volunteers has been instrumental in driving this mission forward, and we are proud to see the positive impact their efforts have had on our communities.”

-Dr. Lily Paemka, Founder and Director, Nufu Foundation.


“WACCBIP is very proud of the impact of Nufufest, and the recognition from the McJannet committee is a vindication of the innovative quality of Nufufest.’”

 – Professor Gordon A. Awandare Pro-Vice Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs, University of Ghana