By Rowland Onyekwu
A workshop organized by Union International Cancer Control (UICC) and Nigerian Cancer Society (NCS) tagged: “Treatment For All Workshop 2019”, for affiliates and partners has ended in Abuja with new blueprints to enhance cancer control in Nigeria.
Declaring the workshop open, the First Lady of Ondo State and the Founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria, BRECAN, Arabirin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu said the Workshop was a very important one that every cancer-based NGO should attend as it is strategic and decisions taken would be in the best interest of the country and binding on all member organizations.
Mrs. Akeredolu described the Nigerian Cancer Society as her primary constituency, having given over twenty years of her life to service in that area and expressed readiness to continue to wage war against cancer in Nigeria.
Mrs. Akeredolu further commended the leadership of NCS for reviving the society from what she called the “state of comma” and encouraged them and every member organization to sustain the tempo.
Union International Cancer Control, an NGO based in Geneva Switzerland, is committed to:
Convening the global cancer control community through their keystone events
Developing capacity building initiative to strengthen the cancer community
Promoting cancer in global health and development agenda.
The Nigerian Cancer Society is a not- for-profit, non-governmental organization established on October 12, 1968 which objective is to fight cancer through advocacy, presentation, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, cancer research as well as education on the causes and manifestations.
NCS is among the over 1110 member organizations from 173 member countries of UICC.
Welcoming the participants, who are affiliates and partners across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, the President of Nigerian Cancer Society, Prof. Sani Malami, explained that the Treatment For All is a strategy to mobilize each individual country and take action by getting behind four essential pillars of cancer treatment and care, namely:
Improving the quality of cancer data for public health use.
Increasing the number of people with access to early detection and accurate cancer diagnosis.
Providing timely and quality treatment for early and metastatic disease for all.
Providing a basic supportive and palliative care service for all.
The workshop covered self-assessment on cancer control in Nigeria of the society, advocacy strategies for cancer control, fundraising strategies, coalition building strategies and Next steps.
The workshop had delegates from member organizations, government agencies and other stakeholders in attendance.