Our Work

Our organization is well-known in the country for working in promoting the right of cancer patients to access better treatment services and fulfillment of other social and economic rights. As a result, our organization is being considered by many as the major driving force behind important measures taken in the country to prevent and control NCDs in general & cancer in particular.

MWECS is actively working in so many cancer and non-communicable diseases-related activities, particularly in raising public awareness of cancer, its prevention and treatment possibilities. In addition, our society has been ardently working to improve treatment conditions and support cancer patients.

Our Society began its quest by focusing its initial efforts on pediatric cancer and has been implementing cancer impact mitigation project since 2010. So far, our society supported more than 476  pediatric, cancer patients /without including their accompanying parents/ and 86 pediatric patients at present without including their accompanying parents.

As of recently, our society started working on women cancers as one of its main focus areas and towards these ends, started working with the Federal Ministry of Health /FMoH/, government and non-government organizations to join forces intended to challenge the growing burden of women cancers which account for more than 50% of all cancer mortality and morbidity in Ethiopia.

At present, our society supports 91 women cancer patients among which 10 and 81 are breast and cervical cancer patients respectively /without including their accompanying parents/. Since we started working on women cancer we were able to support 477 women cancer patients (81 breast and 396 cervical cancer patients).

Our society covers the cost of medicines and diagnostic laboratory services not provided by the Black Lion Hospital, transport from and to their regions and 500 Birr per month food support while the patients are under treatment at the hospital.

Total number of patients supported


Seeing a Society fully aware of cancer.



Actively engage in control of pediatric and women cancer and their risk factors.


Provide Care and support to cancer patients.


  • Provision of care and support service for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
  • Promoting efforts on the causes, prevention, and treatment of cancer.
  • Promoting efforts on NCDs to be considered as a national health priority.
  • Promoting the adverse effects of tobacco as it is the leading and a preventable risk factor for cancer and hence played a major role in the ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control/FCTC/ by Ethiopia.
  • Played a leading role in the establishment of national working groups, consortiums and coalitions focusing on NCDs, Tobacco control, Cancer.
  • Leading large-scale community awareness creation interventions in the areas of women cervical/breast cancer and tobacco control.
  • Organizing national event during World Cancer Day, World Breast Cancer Day and World No Tobacco Day.
  • Actively involved in various national and global cancer and Tobacco technical working group/consortium.

Our Achievements


Our Society has been engaged in several interventions since its inception and we have been able to achieve the following major achievements.

Awards & Recognition

Our executive director received two awards in two days.


Mr. Wondu received Enabler of Vision Award on the International Conference on Gender and Sustainability (ICOGAS), held at a side event of United Nations meeting in New York, and the people to people 2017 Exemplary Community Social Service Award in Washington DC.