Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso will host on August 1-2 a high-level Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) regional seminar on promoting cancer awareness and advocacy programs in the OIC African member states, under the patronage of the Burkina Faso First Lady Madam Sika Kabore.
First Ladies from OIC African member states along with other key stakeholders involved in cancer control in the African region will attend the seminar.
Cancer is no longer a disease of rich and old people or, as once deemed, confined to the developed world, said OIC Assistant Secretary General for Science & Technology Ambassador Naeem Khan.
The situation is especially critical in Africa where about 80 percent of its 1.2 billion people have no access to radiotherapy and related cancer services at all, he added.
The high-level cancer seminar in Ouagadougou aims to create and enhance awareness on the increasing cancer burden in the OIC member states particularly in the African region, as well as to identify ways and means through which African First Ladies can further enhance their leadership role in effectively addressing the disease and saving lives.
The seminar organized in conjunction with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Statistical, Economic And Social Research And Training Centre For Islamic Countries (SESRIC), will be held within the framework of the implementation of the Istanbul Declaration, issued by the Special Session of First Ladies' Leadership in Cancer Control in the OIC member states held on 14 April 2016 in Istanbul on the sidelines of the 13th Session of Islamic Summit.
In the Declaration, the First Ladies of the OIC Countries promised to promote cancer awareness and advocacy programs in their countries actively.
It is worth noting that 'Cancer Prevention and Control' is one of the key components of thematic areas of cooperation adopted in the OIC Strategic Health Program of Action (OIC-SHPA) 2014-2023 at the 4th session of the Islamic conference of health ministers held in Jakarta, Indonesia in October 2013.
The OIC General Secretariat, in coordination with the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in March 2017 convened a meeting to review funding gaps and mobilize resources for the implementation of priority interventions in the National Cancer Control Programs among 18 OIC member states.
Source: International Islamic News Agency