Twenty-three cancer advocates from twenty organizations attended today’s largest ever KENCO network meeting. Representatives from community-based organizations, Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, AstraZeneca, and Nairobi Women’s Hospital shared information about various initiatives, voiced concerns about national policy on cancer, and formed instant partnerships to move individual group work forward on a larger, more profound scale. Several upcoming cancer events were announced, and can be viewed in the Events Calendar.
Ministry of Public Health & Sanitation updated KENCO on the initiatives on the national level:
– Proposed launch of the National Cancer Treatment Guidelines will be in early September 2013
– The East Africa Public Health Laboratory Network is looking at incorporating cancer diagnostics into the communicable disease diagnostic training at five hospitals throughout Kenya.
– August 20th will be the launch of the newly formed Non-Communicable Disease Knowledge Sharing Network in Kenya.
– First Lady Margaret Kenyatta recently joined African First Ladies at the 7th Stop Cervical Cancer Conference – showing her strong support for cancer advocacy
The next KENCO meeting will take place in November 2013, and is open to KENCO members and invited guests. For more information about KENCO, see About the Network.