NEW-YORK- During the event on Breast and Cervical cancer organised by the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) yesterday president Kagame and AU chairperson urged leaders to consider similar effort in in combating HIV/AIDS to fighting cancer in African. Integrating routine cancer screening into primary healthcare facilities could go a long way in increasing the likelihood of early detection and treatment, Kagame underlined.
“We have seen good results in controlling other complex medical challenges such as HIV/AIDS. These experiences hold valuable lessons for the fight to protect women’s health.
“First, there is already consensus globally and in Africa, about the positive impact of Universal Health Insurance. It can be made affordable at every income level and it saves lives,” he added.
President Kagame also noted that there’s need to continue investing in innovative partnerships to build strong and sustainable national health systems, and Increased political will is required to meet these strategic objectives.
“More Africans than ever before own mobile phones and access the internet. Digital tools are already transforming health care delivery by expanding access and reducing costs,” he added.
He tasked the African First Ladies, together with the AU and the WHO, to produce a roadmap for advocacy which will add “enormous value” to the efforts geared towards fighting against breast and cervical cancer.
Meanwhile, later in the day, President Kagame also participated in the summit dubbed “One Planet” on Climate action which aimed at accelerating the implementation of the Paris agreement and engage public and private actors in the race against global warming, followed by the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Center For Africa Board Meeting as well as a meeting hosted by Angolan President João Lourenço on Funding Peace Support Operations.
The President also met with Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg as well as President Clinton.