By Cindy Basha
By Cindy Basha
Rabat – Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, Moroccan Princess Lalla Salma, hosted the opening ceremonies for the 10th Conference of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) in Marrakesh on Thursday.
The forum held discussions regarding the role of government in cancer treatment, international advancements in this field, and possible solutions for containing of the disease.
The conference focuses mainly on Africa and hopes to encourage solidarity in the continent’s fight against the disease.
Many attendees believe a lack of medical resources across the continent is the biggest challenge facing Africa’s fight against cancer.
Former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu mentioned this obstacle in a pre-taped video presentation at the conference. He also mentioned the need to slow the growth of the disease, as it could become a crisis.
The organization projects that 1.3 million Africans will have cancer by 2030.
The conference also awarded certain members for their contributions to cancer treatment. Dr. Ka Sidy from Dakar’s main hospital, cancer expert and founder of the “Maison de Soins Pallitif” in Singapore Dr. Anne Merriman, and oncologist Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade and President of the University Hospital in Chicago were all recognized.
The foundation also has a website to highlight its work and assist the public. It includes educational material on the importance of early cancer detection, research on the carcinogenic effects of smoking and information for those fighting the disease.
The organization also has many treatment centers called the “Houses of Life in Morocco”. They also provide support for the families of cancer patients, including group meetings and psychological support.