A national cancer control plan is needed to address Benin’s low survival rates


According to the Global Cancer Observatory of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), about 7,000 new cancer cases occur in Benin each year, and nearly 5,000 people die from cancer each year.These relatively low survival rates, well-equipped facilities, trained staff, modern technology, and comprehensive National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) is required.

Since the beginning of this year, a technical team organized by the Benin National Program for the Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (PNLMNT) has National Cancer Control Plan (NCCP) to address the growing cancer burden in this country. These efforts are supported by experts from the IAEA and the World Health Organization (WHO) and are under the IAEA’s Rays of Hope helps validate the priorities and objectives of the draft NCCP and provides training support. Benin The government will invest in the construction of a new national hospital, the Abomey-Calavi Reference Hospital, which will be the country’s first to offer radiotherapy and nuclear medicine services. Delivery of critical equipment to hospitals is also supported through Rays of Hope.

“Ministry of Health Benin We are committed to continued investment in cancer control, and the NCCP is a key strategic document to support these efforts.” Ramidi Salami, President of the National Primary Health Care Board (CNSSP). “This plan highlights the importance of a strong primary care system for providing accessible and comprehensive cancer care from the moment patients first come into contact with the health system.”

Benin officially launched the NCCP development process on August 3, 2022 with a virtual workshop. At its inception, the PNLMNT technical team discussed with experts from the IAEA, WHO and IARC the methodology it planned to use to refine his NCCP. International experts provided a draft situational analysis report identifying the current state of cancer care. BeninPlease use it as a reference for your plan.

By the end of October, Beninoy’s technical team had reviewed the situation analysis, extracted priorities and objectives for inclusion in the draft NCCP document, and completed the first full draft of the plan.

And earlier this month, from 6 to 9 December, a workshop was organized by the Ministry of Health of Benin, with the support of the IAEA and international experts, to highlight the progress achieved in developing a national cancer treatment programme. Reviewed and validated priorities and priorities.goals set by experts in Benin National program for the control of non-communicable diseases. The participating country, IAEA and WHO experts established specific activities for each of his ongoing cancer-related IAEA technical cooperation projects. Beninand time-bound goals assigned for their implementation.

“WHO is pleased to participate in the development of Benin’s new national cancer control plan. It helps, and results in more efficient and equitable results,” said Suleiman Zhang. , Benin Representative to WHO.

At the workshop, it was agreed that during the NCCP (2023-2027), Beninoa and IAEA experts will pursue the opening of a new reference hospital. Development of personnel plans including recruitment, training and placement. Establish cervical cancer prevention and early detection programs at the national level, with particular attention to community health services.

Along with six other African countries, Benin is the first partner country to work with the IAEA under Rays of Hope. In the 10 months since Rays of Hope was launched, the initiative will mobilize resources to build, equip and maintain cancer care infrastructure, with the ultimate goal of expanding access to cancer. facilitated and trained professionals, medical personnel, and technicians. Diagnostic and therapeutic services in low- and middle-income countries.


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