8th Africa Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer Conference
22 JULY 2014 | WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA
Over 1,200 participants including the Head of State of Namibia, 18 first Ladies, 30 Minister’s and 40 senior parliamentarians took part in the 8th Africa Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer Conference focusing this year “Moving forward to end Cervical Cancer by 2030: Universal Access to Cervical Cancer Prevention”.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, with an annual incidence of almost 500,000 new cases and 275,000 deaths. About 85% of the women who die from cervical cancer live in developing countries. This conference yielded recommendations on actions to be taken by different partners to end cervical cancer, including, among others:
- Mitigating misconceptions and stigma attached to cancer and integrate cervical, breast and prostate cancers; HIV and AIDS; maternal and child health programmes;
- Promoting the development and implementation of evidence based sound health policies and programmes to combat cervical, breast and prostate cancers;
- Advocacy for adequate human, technical and financial resources to achieve universal access to HPV vaccinations, treatment and care for cervical, breast and prostate cancers;
- Promoting awareness and dissemination of accurate health information through working together with religious, traditional and community leaders and civil society organizations and the media;