Motswana cancer activist, Ouma, who earlier this year journeyed to Kathmandu, Nepal to summit Mount Everest arrived in Gaborone on Thursday 23rd May 2019. Sekokole who managed to reach Camp 2 located 6500m up Mt. Everest, set a record of being the first Motswana to do so. Unfortunately, due to muscle injury on her left leg was brought down to Kathmandu for medical attention.
She embarked on her journey up the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, on the 26th April to raise awareness about cervical and prostate cancer, something that she is very passionate about, having lost her mother to cancer at a young age. Sekokole together with the board members of the Ouma Foundation have passed their heartfelt gratitude to the sponsors, medical team, Sherpas and every single Motswana who supported her throughout her expedition. For the expedition, Sekolole has been supported by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development - who covered her summit fees, and other private companies.
Who is Sekokole?
Ouma Sekokole is the Founder and Executive Director of OUMA Foundation. She is the first and only Botswana Citizen who is Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) Fellow. A high performing cancer advocate, creative visual artist and strategic thinking professional with more than 15 years’ experience in social entrepreneurship, health, arts, education and humanitarian work.
Her work in the cancer field includes raising public awareness about the importance of cancer awareness, screenings, early detection and treatment. Her advocacy is knowledge based, research, fund raising and community outreach. In 2013, she founded The Ouma Cycling Charity Tour (OCCT) an annual bicycle journey whose route traverses selected underserved poor remote far to reach communities. Build temporary mobile clinics to help people by raising public awareness about the importance of cancer screenings, early detection and treatment.
In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and other stakeholders – Botswana Police services, District Commissioners, BoKgosi etc, OCCT team is made up of professionals with different skills (doctors, nurses, media, counsellors, mobile clinics, supplies, equipment, security etc.), who contribute their expertise towards the success of the vision. During the tour, experts share knowledge, raise awareness, performs screening and treatment of cancers – cervical and prostrate. Procedure used for treatment of cervical cancer is called CRYOTHERAPY; it is used to immediately freeze changes on the cervix that could cause cancer. Any advanced changes found in the patients are referred to nearby hospitals for further review. We also do Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP), PAP SMEARS on advanced ages, STI treatments, Safe Male Circumcision, HIV testing and other health related concerns. This is all done at NO COST to the People. So far, OCCT has reached more than 800 communities, 100 schools and covered over 10 000km of cycling across the country.
A well-travelled, sought after public speaker and committed volunteer with various non-profit organisations, societies, groups etc, she has extensive experience and knowledgeable working in international and multicultural environments. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Sterling College, Kansas USA. She takes pride in fitness and healthy living, a certified spinning instructor, cyclist, expeditions (mountaineering, endurance and cardio), marathon and triathlon runner.