Cancer Association CEO off to Paris
The vibrant Chief Executive of the Cancer Association of Namibia, Mr Rolf Hansen departs this weekend for Paris, France. He has been invited to attend the 2016 World Cancer Congress which runs next week from Monday to Thursday.
Hansen has been selected to participate in a Master Class in National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) development by the Union for International Cancer Control while attending the congress.
This week the Cancer Association announced it is assisting the Ministry of Health and Social Services in the development of a draft national cancer control plan. This will be a first for Namibia.
“It is a proud and exciting moment for Namibia’s medical history, when the Cancer Association and the ministry can take hands with international partners to develop policies, procedures and guidelines that will pave the way for better, more comprehensive and patient-orientated cancer planning, control and support. We applaud the ministry and its staff for this inspiring new journey undertaken,” said Hansen.
Sessions that will be attended by the Cancer Association CEO include talks on Cancer Control Planning and Implementation, hosted by the National Cancer Institute of the USA and International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP); Championing the fight against cervical cancer in the developing world, hosted by the American Cancer Society (ACS); Implementing best practices for cancer control in Africa, hosted by the UICC Switzerland and the African Organisation for Research & Training in Cancer (AORTIC).
At the same congress, the link between HIV/AIDS and Cancer will be discussed during a session hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency Programme.
The psychosocial impact of cancer has recently received great attention by Cancer Association of Namibia through the formation of the Circle of Hope programme and its newly established Family Support Centre. The issue of psychological support for cancer patients and afflicted families will be reinforced when Hansen takes part in the session titled “Integrating the psychosocial domain into cancer care – improving patient and family experiences”, presented and hosted by the International Psycho-Oncology Society (USA).
“I am confident that the invaluable knowledge gained and networking possibilities available will assist us in taking further steps to our vision as Association and cancer fighting community to ensure every Namibian is made aware and educated on cancer, has access to screening and detection; and to ensure adequate cancer care and support is available to our people,” said Hansen before his departure.