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World Cancer Day 2020 - The Wellbeing Foundation Africa Welcomes WHO Report On Cancer: Congratulates Dr Moeti, WHO AFRO Director on Re-Election

On World Cancer Day 2020, The Wellbeing Foundation Africa has welcomed the publication and release of the WHO Report on Cancer - " Setting Priorities, Investing Wisely, And Providing Care For All."

H.E Toyin Saraki, the Founder-President of WBFA, Nigeria's foremost women, children and adolescent health-focused philanthropy, released a statement noting:

"Globally, breast cancer impacts 2.1 million women each year and also causes the greatest number of cancer-related deaths among women. In 2018, it is estimated that 627,000 women died from breast cancer."

"Breast cancer is increasing, particularly in developing countries where the majority of cases are diagnosed in late stages. Early detection of cancer greatly increases the chances of successful treatment."

"I also take this opportunity to congratulate Dr Matshidiso Moeti on her re-election for another term of service as Director of WHO Africa Regional Office announced 4th February, under the leadership of Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus."

 As Dr Moeti has rightly stated, "Africa bears the highest burden of cervical cancer, yet there is an effective vaccine." 

"On World Cancer Day, I call on governments to continue strengthening cancer services, including prevention, screening, treatment and care."

"The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, in 2018, undertook a whole-country Rapid Cancer Assessment Research and Report in collaboration with partners Amref Health Africa, supported by Takeda International of Japan, the findings of which were presented to the Federal Ministry of Health, Professor Osagie Ehanire."

"The Foundation additionally undertook policy advocacy in conjunction with the Legislative Network for Universal Health Coverage, convening a panel of expert researchers and practitioners, to democratize and improve access to cancer screening, detection and treatment services."

"I welcome the 2020 WHO report on Cancer, launched on World Cancer Day, which outlines three key recommendations, including to activate political will, to set priorities and invest wisely, and to strengthen health care systems ensuring synergies and integration between Primary Health Care facilities and cancer centres, as key pointers towards strengthening the vision and targets of Nigeria's National Cancer Control Strategy, also launched by the Federal Ministry of Health in 2018."

"The Wellbeing Foundation Africa continues to implement its midwifery-led Mamacare360 Frontline Antenatal and Postnatal Education and Adolescent PSHE-WASH Programs, reaching over 230,000 women and adolescents annually with evidence-based self-care tools and practice to improve individual and family health outcomes. We endorse the recommendations of the WHO Cancer Report calling upon governments to strengthen tobacco control, expand HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening, invest in early diagnosis and treatment of curable cancers, build capacities in health systems, and ensure palliative care for all."

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