Ninth 'Stop Cancer' conference to be held in Kenya

23 Jul 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – The ninth ‘Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa’ conference will be hosted in Nairobi, Kenya next year.
This was announced by the co-founder and director of the Forum of African Ladies/Spouses Against Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer, Princess Nikky Onyeri during the closing ceremony of the eighth ‘Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa’ conference and exhibition in Windhoek on Tuesday.
Onyeri, from Nigeria, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. While fighting cancer, she helped establish the forum along with other cancer survivors in Nigeria, where the first Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa conference was held in 2007.
The conference was thereafter held in Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Mozambique. This year, it took place in Windhoek from 20 to 22 July.
Onyire said the conference has been held in southern African countries for a few years now, and the forum is of the opinion that it now needs to move elsewhere in Africa.
“We have tried our level best to bring everyone on board to get an opportunity to host this conference, so we think it’s best that we move it a little bit,” she said.
The next conference will be hosted in Nairobi from 19 to 21 July 2015.
Also addressing the event, Kenyan First Lady Margaret Gakuo Kenyatta said Kenya will continue to spread awareness about breast, cervical and prostate cancer until their vision for Africa is achieved.
“We believe there is a need to create awareness and utilise the existing opportunities for reducing the burden of cancer which is the biggest killer in Africa,” she said.
Kenyatta invited Namibians and representatives from other countries to attend the conference in Nairobi next year.
The objectives of the conference are to, amongst others, share experiences and best practices, and to take stock of responses to cancer of the reproductive system on the African continent.
Over 1 500 participants, including about 10 African First Ladies, various African Cabinet Ministers and Parliamentarians, and health professionals, attended the event.