23 Mar 2022 Cancer Stakeholder’s Meeting: OCI Foundation join Nigerian Cancer Society and others in Lagos, Nigeria (21/3/22)
Monday, March 21, 2022: The OCI Foundation joined other stakeholders in a meeting led by the President of the Nigerian Cancer Society (NCS), Dr. Adamu Alhassan Umar. Mr Chimezie Udechukwu, a member of the OCI Foundation’s Lagos team, represented the Foundation.
During the event, held at the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre and Specialist Hospital, Victoria Island, Lagos, stakeholders praised the OCI Foundation’s efforts on multiple fronts, including the anti-cancer Bill being sponsored at the National Assembly and the ArOY Health Campaign partnership with the NYSC, among other initiatives.
The OCI Foundation is delivering these projects in collaboration with the NCS and other major stakeholders, as part of the Arm Our Youths (ArOY) Anti-Cancer Health Project.
It should be noted that the ArOY Campaign is a novel, Harvard-endorsed, WHO-supported, and evidence-based health promotion initiative of the OCI Foundation, which is being introduced across all senior secondary schools in Nigeria as a way of tackling breast and cervical cancers. In September 2019, it was rolled out across all the 261 senior secondary schools in Anambra State of Nigeria, and a similar event, scheduled for Benue State in May 2020, was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of Nigeria’s 36 states (and the FCT) are expected to benefit from the ArOY campaign on or before the end of 2025, and the ongoing consultations are part of this whole process.