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- Cancer is one of the major NCDs. The global incidence of new cancers in 2018 was estimated at 18 million cases.
- There is a projected increase to 30 million new cases per year by 2040.
- The World Cancer Day was endorsed in 2000, observed by the world every 4th of February.
- The rationale of this day is to ensure public cancer awareness, early detection, diagnosis and treatment.
- For this year’s WCD, the MOH is convening the “Africa Cancer Test and Treat Initiative Conference” in partnership with UNCDA, UNHCO, and TATLI
- This is aimed at bringing together all stakeholders in Africa to embrace the Test and Treat Initiative strategy in cancer prevention and control
- The event will offer an opportunity to unite and galvanize; gov’ts, private sector, dev’t & implementing partners, CSOs, religious, cultural, and educational institutions to discuss how best to close the cancer care gap.
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- Test & Treat Initiative: Official launch & introduction; for Early Cancer Prevention, Detection, diagnosis, and linkage to care for successful treatment
- Close the cancer Care Gap: Delivering commitment and creating synergies across countries, governments, and partners
- Amplifying stakeholders’ voices to apply the principles of meaningful & sustainable engagement & participation of all in cancer control programs
- Improved quality in cancer research, surveillance & innovations
- Realization of avenues for affordable & accessible cancer detection, diagnosis, treatment, and Palliative Care services
- Increased access to cancer screening, testing, and diagnostic supplies across all levels of care
Proceeds of the conference are used to support the Ministry of Health to improve early cancer detection and diagnostic services in all health facilities and communities across the country with precancer treatment