Ko-Pamoja Program & Evaluation

“Ko-Pamoja”: Learning together about breast and cervical cancer screening

What is a peer education program?

It is a program in which community members are trained by professionals to go out int o the community and teach their fellow community members about a topic, usually a health issue.

What is HERC’s peer education program about?

Ko-Pamoja means “learning together”.  It was coined by the project lead, Dr. Onye Nnorom. “Ko” means learning in Yoruba, a West-African language and “Pamoja” means together in Swahili, an East African language. The idea is “we” as a community will learn together about the importance of breast and cervical cancer screening.

Our Goal:

To conduct a pilot Peer-Education Program on cervical and breast cancer screening for Black Canadians in Malvern.

  1. Design a peer education program using an Afrocentric lens, in collaboration with community and academic partners.
  2. Create awareness of cancer susceptibility and the benefits of screening for breast and cervical cancer in the Black community.
  3. Evaluate the program and report the findings


** Ultimately create awareness and increase the breast and cervical cancer screening rates of Black women in Ontario, and ensure they have appropriate follow-up and support. **

Status: Pilot Completed

BOTTOM LINE: This is a program taught BY Black women FOR Black women, to encourage them to go get screened by getting their pap tests and mammograms regularly and on time. It was a small pilot program at TAIBU CHC but we hope to expand it in the coming months. Screening can save your life.

For the community report click here

For the technical report click here