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Zambia’s First Lady Esther Lungu on Wednesday suggested African countries consider introducing an innovative partnership between public and private sectors to fight cancer which has brought strain on Africa’s health service systems.

A cancer cell (Image from Wikipedia.org)
A cancer cell (Image from Wikipedia.org)
Her remarks were made at the 9th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancer in Africa Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

“Public-private partners (can) create mechanisms for risk-sharing; the majority of the burden of risk cannot be left to governments alone. Resources from both the public and private sectors must be mobilized for the fight against cancer,” she said.

Figures have shown that in sub-Saharan Africa, about 55,000 women die each year of cervical cancer, she noted.

The first lady said cancer and emerging diseases like Ebola have caused a strain on Africa’s health service systems.
Exploring and implementing innovative public-private partnership to the prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers will enable citizens to have access to better medical services, she said.

The Zambian government, she said, has expanded investment in health service regarding cervical cancer.

“The country now has 50 screening centers and 23 referral centers for women with complex cervical disease. Zambia has also been successful in implementing cancer control programs particularly cervical cancer as evidenced by the screening of over 250,000 women and the treatment of over 35,000 for pre-cancerous lesions,” she said. Enditem


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