The 10th "Stop Cervical Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference" (SCCA) opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at the African Union Commission Conference Hall, today (July 24, 2016).
The conference is organized by the Office of the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in partnership with the Princess Nikky Breast Cancer Foundation. This year's SCCA is being held under the theme: "A decade of Accomplishments & the Challenges Ahead."
The Conference aims to ensure the provision of a strategic guidance, one that is based on concrete lessons learned in the field of cancer prevention and control over the past decade. It also aims at galvanizing and harmonizing efforts to strengthen country level programs and initiatives to end cancer.
In today's session of the 10th SCCA Conference, the First Ladies of Member States of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESSA) dealt at length on ways of working on the prevention of cancer in the continent.
Opening the conference, the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, stressed on the fact that poverty remains to be one of the integral causes for women's vulnerability to cancer.
Accordingly, the First Lady underscored on the need to uphold a strategic insight and proactively work hard towards ensuring the economic empowerment of women.
First Lady, Mrs. Roman Tesfaye further underlined that enhancing women's overall capacity, and particularly, ensuring the economic empowerment of women has been instrumental to reduce women's vulnerability to cancer and galvanize efforts on preventive measures.
First lady Roman, who is also Chairperson of COMESA First Ladies unit, stated that the challenge is evident not only in the COMESA region, but also on a wider level across the continent.
In such score, the First Lady reiterated on the need to work relentlessly towards creating public awareness, providing adequate medical services, and putting in place effective preventive measures, and early diagnosis and treatment.
The First Lady also stressed on the need for a concerted and comprehensive action by governments and international organs.
The conference which runs from 24th to 27th of July, 2016 brings together Heads of State and Government, African parliamentarians, African First Ladies, leaders of cancer research institutions and hospitals, scientists, heads of UN agencies and other International Organizations, civil society and private sector representatives as well as cancer survivors from all corners of the world.
Over the week, these whole lots of stakeholders will deliberate on the strategies to stop Cervical Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa.