Namibians joined the international community on 4 February 2016 to commemorate World Cancer Day 2016. At a launch ceremony held in Klein Windhoek at the International Pharmacy, the Cancer Association of Namibia officially launched its “Cancer Awareness and Prevention Manual for the Republic of Namibia” (produced by the Cancer Association of Namibia and based on guidelines by the Union for International Cancer Control). At the launch ceremony, the CEO of the Cancer Association of Namibia, Mr. Rolf Hansen, briefed the media on the importance of the publication and along with employees, released balloons into the air. The publication is aptly aligned to the international campaign “We can. I can,” which explores how everyone together or individually – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. The title of the publication “I CAN.WE CAN. NAMIBIA CAN”
MESSAGE ON WORLD CANCER DAY
4 February 2016
World Cancer Day, always an opportunity to rally the world, has special impetus this year thanks to the recent adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to usher in a life of dignity for all people.
The Sustainable Development Goals endorsed by all governments call for reducing by one third premature death from non-communicable diseases. This builds on an historic commitment made in 2011 by Heads of State. We are also guided by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and the Every Woman Every Child movement behind it, which are working for stronger health systems, universal health care coverage and scaling up of life-saving interventions for comprehensive cancer prevention and control.
We must do more to end the many tragedies that cancer inflicts. About one third of cancers can be prevented, while others are curable if diagnosed and treated early. And even when cancer is advanced, patients should benefit from palliative care. Continue reading →