MASERU – The First Ladies from the African states started arriving in Lesotho since Friday July 20 to attend the 12th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCCA) hosted by the Lesotho’s First Lady Mrs. ‘Maesaiah Thabane.
The conference started today and will end on Wednesday. It will discuss mainly the involvement of African First Ladies and Spouses in the fight against cancer and also their participation in activities aimed at improving the living conditions of populations in vulnerable situations, through various interventions at National, Regional and International levels.
Speaking in a brief interview, the director at the First Lady’s Office Mr. Silas Monyatsi said on Friday that among those who had arrived were the First Ladies from Benin, Zambia, Niger, Zimbabwe as well as the Minister of Health from Morocco. More were still expected to arrive until late on Saturday as the conference was scheduled to start on Sunday with the welcome dinner at the State House.
The conference will be graced by renowned experts such as Dr Rasha Kelej who has 22 year experience in International Pharmaceutical Industry and is a member of Human Resources Science and Technology Cluster of African Union (ECOSOCC) apart from successfully establishing strong partnerships with governments, ministries of health and genders, academia and global non-for profits organisations.
Other renowned speakers expected to address the Conference include Ms Jacqueline Burgess, Prof. Dr. Banu Arun and Dr. Kate Tulenko.
Eight million people are dying of cancer in the world due to cancer, HIV, TB and Malaria according to reports.
The disease burden of cancer in Lesotho is recorded at 40 percent for cervical, 18 percent for breast and 13.5 percent for prostate cancer respectively.