04 Feb 2024 2024 WORLD CANCER DAY: OCI Foundation joins UICC and NCS to mark the event and “CLOSE THE CARE GAP” (04/02/2024)
OCI Foundation is an official member of the UICC, a global non-governmental organisation of world anti-cancer advocates founded in 1933, which now has some 1,180 member organisations in more than 170 countries. The UICC headquarters is in Geneva, Switzerland.
The OCI Foundation is also a member of the NCS, the national body of anti-cancer NGOs in Nigeria.
Every year, the OCI Foundation marks World Cancer Day with the “Grand Finale” of its Anambra ArOY Health Campaign Schools Challenge (a.k.a. Anambra AHCSC), a statewide quiz competition that helps promote the Foundation’s Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Anti-cancer Health Campaign.
The AHCSC is set to become a national Nigerian exercise soon, as part of the OCI Foundation’s quest to introduce the ArOY Campaign and anti-cancer teachings into the curriculum of all senior secondary schools in Nigeria.
In 2023, the OCI Foundation worked with the NCS and other cancer advocates to successfully pass a legislative bill that will make the ArOY Health Campaign a national project. That Bill is now awaiting Presidential assent to become law in Nigeria.