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South African IJPN awards finalist recognised for breast cancer research

Author: Shaun Thomas, HPCA
20 October 2015

Sanesha Naicker, a doctoral researcher from South Africa, was named as a finalist at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing (IJPN) Awards in London last month.

Ms Naicker came second in the category: Service User/Carer/Volunteer of the Year Award, gaining recognition for her work in breast cancer research.

About the IJPN Awards

The prestigious International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards 2015, in collaboration with Macmillan Cancer Support, celebrated achievement and excellence in the work of palliative care nurses and other members of the multidisciplinary team.  

The winners were revealed at the awards ceremony on Monday 14 September at the Honourable Artillery Company in London, UK.

Sanesha Naicker

Ms Naicker embarked on a research study as part of her master’s / doctorate project, which focused on young women with breast cancer. During the research, she encountered numerous stumbling blocks, such as walking the streets in remote villages alone, even facing death at one stage.

With dedication and hard work, her work has helped improve healthcare in her country. She hopes to one day build her own clinic for the underprivileged and improve health promotion and care, patient advocacy and health awareness in South African communities and beyond.

Breast cancer awareness month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

During her research study, Ms Naicker focused on a young women with breast cancer. Breast cancer is a malignant tumour that starts in the cells of the breast. The disease occurs almost entirely in women, but men can get it, too.

There have been various campaigns this month highlighting breast cancer and Sanesha’s hard work and achievement in winning second place at the IJPN awards brings further attention to this important cause.

Find out more about Breast Cancer Awareness month on the CANSA website.

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Alma Mata

Privilege for us to honour and celebrate a former pupil of the school for her monumental achievement. Congrats , hard work does pay off !

Your hardwork Not only will this discovery lead to many lives being saved, but it has also now put South Africa on the map as a serious international player in the field of pallative care, oncology ,medicine and research.

01/08/2017 04:01:33


Admire your courage. This kind of hardwork and achievement inspires old and young :-)

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family and your future aspirations.

31/07/2017 17:21:16


Outstanding achievement to the country

29/12/2016 09:37:27


Outstanding achievement to the country and province !!!!

21/12/2016 02:29:23

Prof M Singh

Well done! Congrats .Outstanding achievement to the province of KZN and country.

19/12/2016 09:09:32

Prof L Pillay

Congratulations on this wonderful recognition of your merits. Outstanding achievement to the country and globally!

09/12/2016 08:22:33

Dr R Naidoo

Congratulations ! Outstanding achievement to the country!

04/12/2016 01:56:38

Prof N Dorasamy

Great work dear ! Outstanding achievement to the country, province and globally.

30/11/2016 10:08:01


Congratulations ,well deserved win for the country!

25/09/2016 04:52:45


Congratulations, well deserved win for the country !

06/09/2016 12:12:35
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