Articles

AORTIC African Cancer Advocates Consortium (ACAC)

page image

 

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to be the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries, especially Africa. About 20% of the deaths from NCDs in Africans over 45 years is predicted to be from cancer.
 
Known as Africa’s silent killer, cancer is now a major public health problem on the Continent, with the five most frequent cancers being Breast, Cervix, Liver, Prostate and Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. However, cancer continues to be underestimated and ignored in by African governments, public health policy-makers and politicians.
 
The little attention being given to cancer control and care in the low to middle income countries (LMI) - with Africa mostly impacted is reflected in the 80 per cent mortality rates borne by LMI countries and only 5 per cent of the global cancer control dollar spend allocated to these countries. The 80/5 cancer disparity has led to unnecessary deaths and unsuffering for African cancer patients, especially the poor who are wholly reliant of public health systems for treatment, care palliation and pain control.
 
Science and key issues driven cancer advocacy is in its infancy in Africa and that is why the disease is currently being prioritised by National Health Departments, Executive Branches of Government, Public Health Policy-Makers and Politicians campaigning for public office.
 
The African Cancer Advocates Consortium (ACAC) was formed on November 29, 2011 during the 2011 AORTIC conference in Cairo Egypt to promote cancer advocacy on the Continent and to build a united multi-stakeholder cancer movement committed to finding scientific evidence based, African context appropriate mechanisms as set out in ACAC's mission, as outlined below.
 
The focus of African cancer advocacy will be on the development of culture appropriate policies with clear cancer care and control targets, desired public health outcomes measurement and target deadlines.
 
Mission: 
ACAC's is committed to lobbying governments to “Make Cancer a Top Priority in Africa” by 2015. (Seek AU adoption of a resolution to this effect.)
 
ACAC Advocacy Groups: 
 
1. Political Advocacy - Lobbying to impact public policy at local, state, and federal levels. 
2. Education Advocacy - Providing cancer information and education. 
3. Research Advocacy - Fostering high quality cancer research that meets the needs of patients and the community. 
4. Fundraising Advocacy - Raising funds to support cancer research, services, education and community outreach. 
5. Support Advocacy - Supporting cancer patients, families and caregivers. 
6. Community Outreach Advocacy - Engaging and reaching out to the community to foster cancer control.
 
Advocacy Groups Leadership Team:
 
Political Chair
Kwanele Asante-Shongwe
(South Africa)
e-mail:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Kamal Eldein Hamed
(Sudan)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Support Chair
Kathene Mbithi
(Kenya)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Iman Ewais
(Egypt)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Fundraising Chair
Muheeza A. Durosimi
(Nigeria)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Lindiwe Tsabedze
(Swaziland)
e-mail (to be confirmed)
 
Community Outreach Chair
Canan Emmanuel Kandusi
(Tanzania)
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Rose Kiwanuka
(Uganda)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Education Chair
Faosat Bangbose
(Nigeria)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Bakarou Kamate
(Mali)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Research Chair
Yahya Tfeil
(Mauritania)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Co-Chair
Bangary Traore
(Guinea)
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


 1000 Characters left