An upcoming Ugandan TV series is promising to contribute towards the fight against cancer by raising awareness about the deadly disease.
Titled Crossroads, the drama series is an initiative of Uganda Child Cancer Foundation (UCCF), an NGO that offers wholistic support to children suffering from cancer. It is set to debut on Urban TV this December.
Speaking at a cocktail party held in Kampala last week to flag off production of the five-season show, the series’ writer, actress Diana Kahunde told guests: “We talked to a number of doctors, cancer sufferers and the victims’ families. So much of the story is inspired by real life events.”
This is also Kahunde’s debut as a screen writer and Crossroads’ main focus is on child sufferers. According to recent statistics from UCCF, cancer kills at least 2,000 Ugandans between the ages of one and 19 years every year.
Most childhood cancers are a result of DNA changes in body cells rather than lifestyle or environmental risk factors, as is the case with many adults’ cancers.
“If it weren’t for limited knowledge, late diagnosis and lack of adequate funds for treatment, 70 per cent to 85 per cent of many types of childhood cancers in Uganda would be cured,” said Ben Iraka, UCCF’s operations manager.
The series is produced by Bored Digital, helmed by former director, The Hostel, Davidson Mugume. It stars a stellar cast of Ugandan actors including Daniel Omara, Rehema Nanfuka, Usama Mukwaya and Kahunde herself.
“We are hopeful that this film will go a long way in educating the public and creating awareness about cancer,” said Jackson Orem, director, Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI), adding that the organization is one of the series’ sponsors.
Source : The Observer