20 Jul 2014 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 20 JUL (NAMPA) About 10 African First Ladies are in Namibia to attend the three-day 8th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference and exhibition starting here on Sunday.
One of the organisers, Usi Hoebeb told Nampa on Sunday before the opening of the event at a local hotel that over 1 500 participants from different African countries are expected to attend the conference.
He said 25 Namibian exhibitors, including health organisations and art centres, are showcasing their products and services.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba is expected officially open the event later 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.
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.
About 65 women have died of cervical cancer, while over 130 are diagnosed with the disease in Namibia every year.
Globally, 270 000 women die due to cervical cancer and 53 000 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.