Empowering Indigenous African Women to combat cervical and breast cancer

The Access to Basic Care medical foundation of the wife of the Oyo state governor H. E. Mrs Florence Ajimobi yesterday the 22nd March 2017 had a side event as part of the ongoing annual commission on the state of women 61st session in New York. The theme of the session was: Empowering Indigenous African Women to combat cervical and breast cancer. Medicaid Cancer Foundation was represented by Dr Bilkisu Magoro.

The session sought to find ways of carrying out the empowerment of indigenous women in the African setting to confront cases of breast and cervical cancer. The focus was on early detection as a way of reducing mortality rates of the disease.
One of the speakers Dr Sola Oriniowo said “1/2 the women in Africa do not know about breast and cervical cancer, even though 85% of the cases occurs in developing countries and 90% of girls do not have access to the HPV vaccine. Another expert, Dr. Alaa Murabit said ” there is no substitute for education in improving health seeking behaviour of African women and their economic empowerment is vital”.
Her Excellency Mrs Florence Ajimobi Founder of ABC called on international partners to work together with not so lucky ones in identifying women who are most at risk and focus limited resources on them.

Medicaid Cancer Foundation has so far screened over 15,000 women free for breast and cervical cancer. It works with partners such as ABC to spread the early detection message to women across Nigeria.

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