is dedicated to reducing the impact of cancer in Africa
through the provision of effective and feasible public awareness
interventions aimed at reducing cancer incidence, suffering
and mortality in Africa.
approach of the ACO will be proactive and comprehensive
- all of its materials and programmes will be straight forward
and tailored to the needs and level of understanding of
its target groups:
undiagnosed high-risk people,
medical and nursing professions,
and community leaders,
Organisations and charities,
the first year of operation (2008), ACO will concentrate
on establishing itself as the principal African-initiated,
African-led and managed NGO interested and focused on cancer-awareness
and reduction strategies for Africa.
will be a year of internal capacity building for the Organisation,
for recruiting needed staff and volunteers, and for establishing
the internal planning, operational and working procedures
of the Organisation. The ACO workload in year one will include:
establishing linkages with other sister and fraternal organizations
with a similar mandate around the world;
introducing itself to the donor community, the mass media,
government agencies and the medical and pharmaceutical industries
and identifying partners and projects based on which to
prepare to launch its first initiatives on the African continent
(from Ghana in West Africa).
the second year,
ACO plans to select five most prevalent cancers in Africa
as its main focus. ACO will target individuals at high risk
of cancer who by virtue of their family histories, genetic
disposition or lifestyles constitute the highest risk group,
as well as the governmental, medical, pharmaceutical, nursing
and the ancillary professions and institutions involved
in the care of cancer patients. ACO will also initiate and
support cancer registry programmes in the selected countries.
and creating awareness about the dangers of cancer, encouraging
health checks and healthy lifestyles that help reduce the
risk of cancer. The ACO will achieve this through our dedicated
staff and volunteers with the assistance of the local government
authorities, media, community and religious Organisations.
the third year,
the ACO will enter additional regions in Africa and develop
more communication materials and programmes in major African
languages. ACO will improve collaboration with partner stakeholders,
develop more comprehensive and interactive multi-media programmes
use more local personnel as well as other information and
communication technologies - especially telephones and the
Cancer Organisation was formed purposely to provide cancer
education and information to the African continent as well
as its citizens abroad. The ACO will over time target all
Africans, especially high-risk potential sufferers and actual
patients amongst the poor, uneducated and the vulnerable.
ACO will commence it operations from its London headquarters
and systematically roll-out to African countries based on
the independent assessment of a variety factors such as
levels of need, awareness and the state of health care system
in each country.