19 Jul 2014 10:50am
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected to open the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition in the capital on Sunday.
The conference is organised by the Office of the Namibian First Lady under the theme Moving forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention.
A conference programme availed to Nampa on Friday indicate that the objectives of the conference are to share experiences and best practices, and to take stock of responses to cancer of the reproductive system on the continent.
It will also provide an opportunity to review programme approaches and tools, and recommend innovative solutions to improve prevention, diagnoses and management of cancers; to explore cancer in the context of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women, girls, adolescents and youth in Africa; and to raise awareness about cervical, breast and prostate cancers among political leaders, various stakeholders and the population at large.
The conference is also aimed at developing strategic action points for the acceleration of the prevention and management of cancer, and for an increased engagement of women and men in the mobilisation for the prevention and management of cancers in Africa.
Speaking at a training workshop on cervical cancer prevention here on Thursday, First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, in her speech read on her behalf by her special adviser Reverend Justina Hilukiluah, said about 65 women have died of cervical cancer, while over 130 are diagnosed with the disease in Namibia every year.
The workshop was organised under the theme See-and-treat.
Women with HIV are four to five times more likely to develop cervical cancer than their HIV-negative peers. The problem is even more pressing for our nation because of high HIV incidences, said Pohamba.
Globally, 270 000 women die due to cervical cancer and 530 00 new cases of cervical cancer are reported every year.
Prostate cancer, endometrial and-ovarian cancers are other reproductive system cancers have been shown to be on the increase in many settings.
The conference ends on Tuesday.