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”
UNIC’s National Information Officer, Anthea Basson handed over cans with donations collected to support the fight against cancer, having lost a daughter to cancer, raising awareness on cancer and contributing is something which lies close to her heart. UNIC attended the event, along with the media and Cancer Association Staff. The manual was produced in collaboration with newsprint Namibia and was distributed nationally to all corners of the country. UNIC will also include the manual as a resource in the UN library and further supported the campaign awareness through social media feeds and updates with many local newspapers retweeting and sharing some of the content crafted by the Centre.