By Crystal Cazier On October 26, 2015, the First Lady of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Mrs. Roman Tesfaye, and the Federal Minister of Health, the Honorable Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, launched Ethiopia’s first National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP). The event was well-attended by government officials, partners and other stakeholders. The development and launch of the plan demonstrate political will at the highest levels of government, and will have significant impact for the prevention and control of cancer in Ethiopia. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon assisted with the completion of the NCCP, with support provided by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partner, GlaxoSmithKline. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon implementing partner, Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society, seconded a technical advisor to the Federal Ministry of Health, who was responsible for the development of the document. The Federal Ministry of Health and key collaborators worked tirelessly to develop the NCCP, and their efforts will lead to considerable gains in Ethiopia’s mission to curb cancer. In Ethiopia, breast and cervical cancer combined constitute 43.6 percent of all cancer cases throughout the country. The adoption of a national plan to prevent and control cancer, with widespread backing, has considerable benefits for a country’s fight against cancer.
- A nationally endorsed plan to combat cancer, or any disease, provides strategic direction for all stakeholders working to reverse the rising trend of cancer cases.
- The development of a national plan helps maintain accountability of government and others working to reduce deaths from cancer by providing a roadmap with specific objectives each stakeholder should work to achieve.
- The NCCP will streamline cancer control and treatment activities across the country to cultivate a more fluid health delivery system.
- Because the plan includes a five-year budget, Ethiopia is able to safeguard resources needed to fund the activities outlined in the NCCP by including their costs in the federal budget.