First Ladies’ Leadership on Cancer Control
Date: 14 April 2016
Venue: Istanbul - Türkiye

In line with the decision of the 5th Islamic Conference of Health Ministers held in Istanbul on 17-19 November 2015, the Government of the Republic of Turkey has organised in coordination with OIC General Secretariat a special session on First Ladies’ Leadership on Cancer Control on the margins of the 13th Islamic Summit Conference on 14 April 2016 in Istanbul.

The special session provided a platform to sensitize the political leadership of the member states on the increasing burden of cancer and to deliberate upon ways to expand access to effective prevention, diagnostics, treatment and care of cancer.

Within this framework and under the Thematic Area 2 of the OIC Strategic Health Programme of Action2014-2023 (SHPA) on Disease Prevention and Control, SESRIC prepared a study on the Status of Cancer in OIC Member Countries, which was distributed to participants during this session.

The special session aimed that the leadership of First Ladies bring transformational changes and cross-national collaboration in the fight against cancer.