Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tedros Adhanom during his meeting with a delegation from a US-based NGO Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, yesterday emphasized that “Ethiopia believes in innovation & continuous improvement of the health sector,” adding that health is “taken seriously as it is a fundamental rights issue.”
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, is a US-based NGO dedicated to helping women access preventive care and treatment for cervical and breast cancers where the need is in greatest demand.
Dr. Tedros thanked the organization for its continued support to Ethiopia’s nationwide efforts to detect early and treat cervical and breast cancer. Referring to the upcoming 10th Stop Cervical and Prostate Cancer in Africa (SCCA) conference that will be held 24 – 27 July 2016 in Addis Ababa, Dr Tedros noted the conference will raise awareness on the matter at the highest possible level, which in turn could save many lives.
He further reiterated the fact that together with support from the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, making significant changes would be made possible. Acknowledging the constant support Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon extended to Ethiopia, the Minister assured Ms. Schocken that the cooperation will bring a better change for there is political will at the highest levels of government.
Referring to the comprehensive cancer treatment center in Ethiopia inaugurated on the occasion of World Cancer Day under the global theme “We can. I can”, on 6th February of this year, Dr Tedros has reiterated the fact that “the Cancer Center is not just for Ethiopia but for the Horn of African Region as well.”
Head of the delegation, Ms. Celina Schocken extended her appreciation to the people and Government of Ethiopia for the warm welcome and hospitality accorded to the delegation.
MS. Schocken said she has been impressed by the writing of Ethiopia’s National Cancer Control Plan and its subsequent launching on 26 October 2015 by Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, the Minister of Health, which she said would have significant impact for the prevention and control of cancer in Ethiopia.
In connection, Ms. Schocken appreciated Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, the First Lady of the FDRE, for her unreserved efforts in enhancing public awareness on the prevention and control of breast and cervical cancer in Ethiopia.
Ms. Schocken also lauded Ethiopia’s efforts in significantly reducing stigma on HIV, adding that the country should also do the same in curbing the current stigma on cancer patients, which she said is at its highest in Africa.