On Monday 11,2019, The City Cancer Challenge Foundation delegation together with Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) visited the City of Kigali and met key local stakeholders on the ongoing engagement process on cancer control.
Led by City Mayor Pudence Rubingisa, the C/Can Kigali Executive Committee welcomed Princess Dina Mired to showcase progress made through the C/Can model in tackling cancer challenges in Kigali.
Speaking to the media Princess Diana said that “UICC wants Rwanda to become Africa’s role model in the cancer control. The most important thing, the will is there. The country that doesn’t have political will there is no chance to beat cancer.”
“Cancer is not a disease but it is very strategic and so we have to fight it comprehensively.” She added
Referring to the progress made, Pudence Rubingisa, Mayor of the City of Kigali said: “Through C/Can, the city of Kigali has the opportunity to deliver more effective and efficient cancer treatment solutions by leveraging existing infrastructure at different levels of the healthcare system in the city, as well as through a good partnership with key local players who implement cancer and Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) related activities.”
The City of Kigali’s participation in the City Cancer Challenge is in line with the different initiatives started in Kigali to prevent non-communicable diseases. These include- Car free day, disease screening & anti-smoking campaigns.
These initiatives also include various campaigns on Air pollution control and use of Standard products.
C/Can’s Africa Regional Director, Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo, highlights the importance of strong commitment and engagement from the government and senior officials and institutions as well as other key local stakeholders in implementing projects to achieve equitable access to quality cancer services in Rwanda.
Outlining the challenges, she said: “Our raison d’être at C/Can is to support cities as they lead solutions, design and implementation by collaborating across sectors, forming effective partnerships, learning and sharing best practices in the fight for equitable access to quality cancer care. We are thrilled by the potential of the City of Kigali to serve as a model for other cities in Rwanda and Africa.”
During her visit in Kigali, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina of Jordan together with C/Can delegation visited Kigali Genocide Memorial Site and pay tribute to the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and also visited the radiotherapy center at the Rwanda Military Hospital
City Cancer Challenge was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The City of Kigali responded to City Cancer Challenge´s call to action for a new approach to cancer care in November 2017.