KIGALI - International health organisations, on Thursday, pledged to extend more support to Rwanda by providing technical and financial assistance to eradicate cervical cancer.
This was confirmed by Dr Agnes Binagwaho, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, at the end of the two-day summit on Cervical Cancer, where experts had convened to develop plans to eradicate the disease in the country.
“We have come up with commitment by all stakeholders to formulate a roadmap towards the fight of women cancer in the country, and in the next seven years, Rwanda will have the full capacity to eliminate it,” she said.
Binagwaho commended the development partners for their contribution, adding that this indicates that with strong collaboration, even other types of cancer would be dealt with.
Dr Nathalie Broutet from World Health Organisation, hailed the government’s commitment to developing the health sector, saying that her organisation was ready to extend more support.
“Rwanda is doing enormously in developing capacity for cervical cancer screening and treatment as well as prevention. Therefore, WHO will continue supporting the country by availing the norms and standards to strengthen this programme,” she said.
At the beginning of this week, a countrywide immunization campaign against Cervical Cancer among girls aged between 11 and 15 years, was launched by First Lady Jeannette Kagame,