2019 African Union of First Ladies Summit
We feel deeply honored that both Dr Laila Hessissen (SIOP Continental President Africa) and Dr Lorna Renner (Past SIOP Continental President Africa) have been invited by the ministry of Niger to attend the African Union of First Ladies 2019 Summit to speak on behalf of our African and global paediatric oncology community on how we can minimise the childhood cancer burden in Africa.
The Ministry of Public Health of Niger, in collaboration with the Tattali Iyalli Foundation and in partnership with WHO, UNFPA, Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the Alliance of Francophone, African and Mediterranean Leagues for the Fight against Cancer ( ALIAM) organized a conference of Ministers of Health in the presence of the Heads of State and First Ladies of Africa.
The theme of this meeting was ”the burden of cancer in Africa” and the general objective was to ensure the commitment of political authorities and other relevant partners to prioritise the fight against cancer in African national health policies, aligned with the WHO agenda 2030.
Read the full report here.
Please read the manifest (English and French) version that has been prepared together with our partnering organisation Childhood Cancer International Africa.
SIOP Africa Manifest – English Version
SIOP Africa Manifest – French Version
Highlights from the 13th African Continental Meeting of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP), 6–9 March 2019, Cairo, Egypt
Elhamy Rifky Khalek, Glenn M Afungchwi, Mohamed El Beltagy, Ndagire Mariam, Hoda Zaki, Trijn Israels, Elizabeth Molyneux, Scott C Howard, Catherine Patte, Judy Schoeman, Elena Ladas, Mohamed S Zaghloul, Yasser S ElDeen, Soha Ahmed, Sherif Kamal, Eric Bouffet, Kathy Pritchard-Jones and Laila Hessissen
The 13th African continental meeting of the international society of paediatric oncology, held on 6–9 March 2019 in Cairo, was organised in collaboration with the Children Cancer Hospital (57357) in Egypt and the global parents’ organisation (Childhood Cancer International) and supported by a large international faculty. With 629 delegates from 37 countries (24 African), this was the largest forum of healthcare professionals focused on children and young people with cancer in Africa to showcase advances and discuss further improvements. Three targeted workshops, on nursing care, pharmacy and nutrition, attracted large numbers and catalysed new collaborative initiatives in supportive care studies, extended roles for pharmacists in quality control and care delivery and addressed malnutrition concurrently with cancer treatment. The Collaborative Wilms Tumour Africa Project, open in seven sub-Saharan countries, and the trials in Burkitt’s lymphoma reported encouraging outcomes with further initiatives in supportive care (the supportive care for children with cancer in Africa project). While acknowledging deficits in radiotherapy provision, available in only 23 of 52 African countries, centres with facilities reported their technical advances that benefit patients. Of great importance for children with brain tumours, who are underdiagnosed in Africa, was the first announcement of African paediatric neuro-oncology society, whose 63 current members aim to tackle the shortage of neurosurgeons through training fellowships, workshops and a dedicated conference. The congress provided the opportunity to discuss how African countries will work with the WHO global initiative aiming to improve childhood cancer survival to 60% in all countries by 2030. This conference report is dedicated to the three Kenyan delegates who died tragically on the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 on their way home, full of new ideas and pride in what they had achieved so far. All those who heard their presentations are determined to continue their excellent work to improve cancer care for children in Africa.
Read the full article here
Watch the video (in Arabic) here
More language versions to follow shortly.
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