UICC attends major Summit on health and development

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Heads of State, current and former First Ladies and civil society met on 2-3 July

at the African First Ladies Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Board Member, Anne Lise Ryel, represented UICC at this high profile event.

Organised by the Bush Institute, this two-day summit, “Investing in Women: Strengthening Africa” brought together Heads of State, current and former First Ladies, government officials, academics and representatives from non-profit and private sector organisations around the world to focus on effective investments in women that lead to greater stability and prosperity in countries.

The Summit highlighted the critical role First Ladies play as advocates for women and girls, and provide examples and models of programmes that are working to better the lives of women and girls across the continent.

Dr. Christine Kaseba, First Lady of Zambia, and ambassador for the 2013 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit joined Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and others in a series of panel events including: A Life-Saving Collaboration to Combat Cervical & Breast Cancer: Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. “It was fantastic to see the President of Tanzania and his wife, as well as Cherie Blair, and the other First Ladies voicing the importance of women’s health, and the need to prioritize breast and cervical cancer,” said UICC Board Member Anne Lise Ryel.  

The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (18-19 November 2013, Cape Town, South Africa) will be another key opportunity for governments to share good practices in the prevention and control of cervical and breast cancer, with a focus on how they plan to live up to recently agreed commitments in the Global Action Plan on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) 2013-2020.