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Setting the stage for Cancer Advocacy in Africa: how?


ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Oftentimes, cancer advocates in Africa look at the developed nations in North America and Europe for guidance on cancer advocacy. However, lessons learnt from developed nations do not necessarily apply to the situational context of Africa. Without a doubt, successful cancer advocates in Africa can best serve as learning sources and role models for advocacy in Africa. This paper describes the results of an environmental scan of advocacy organizations in Africa. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was employed for this project. Using a structured survey data collection form, participants submitted their responses either by online submission (Google docs) or by electronic mail to admin@aortic-africa.org. RESULTS: A total of 39 African advocates representing 17 countries participated in the project. The majority of participants have been advocates for more than five years; and mostly advocate for both males and females and individuals between the ages of 30 and 39. The most common cancers focused on by the advocacy organizations include breast, prostate, liver, cervix, stomach, bladder, pediatric, colorectal and neck. The information provided by participants offer clear guidelines on establishing and maintaining an advocacy program in Africa despite the various challenges faced by these organizations. CONCLUSION: Whilst this paper only highlights a subset of advocacy initiatives on the Continent, there is an opportunity for a more inclusive dialogue for advocates to share ideas with each other, connect with other advocates, learn about other innovative advocacy programs, and join the global war against cancer. To this end, the biennial International Workshop on Cancer Advocacy for African Countries (CAAC) during the next AORTIC International Cancer conference, offers an opportunity to further Africa's cancer advocacy initiatives.

SUBMITTER: Odedina FT 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC3716680 | BioStudies | 2013-01-01T00:00:00Z

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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