HRH Princess Dina Mired Secures Important Political Commitments for C/Can Kumasi

February 1, 2019 10:46 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On 2-6 February, UICC President, HRH Princess Dina Mired traveled to Ghana to show her support for the City Cancer Challenge initiative in Kumasi and participate in high-level meetings with key government officials, local stakeholders and partners. The visit was Princess Dina’s first official event since assuming the UICC Presidency and marks one year since C/Can launched in Kumasi

The First Lady of Ghana and Princess Dina

Princess Dina’s visit began with a private dinner hosted by the First Lady of Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo. The dinner provided the opportunity for the First Lady to learn more about the C/Can Initiative in Kumasi and prepare her participation in World Cancer Day activities that took place in Kumasi on 4 February.

World Cancer Day

On February 4, Princess Dina traveled with the First Lady to Kumasi to attend a series of World Cancer Day events, including a formal reception and dinner hosted by the King of the Ashanti Kingdom, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. The King reaffirmed his commitment and support for the C/Can Initiative in Kumasi and his offered assistance in engaging key local and national leaders from the private sector in order for them to elicit their support.

Princess Dina and the First Lady also met with members of the Kumasi Executive Committee at a special luncheon hosted by the Regional Minister. Princess Dina encouraged committee members to take full advantage of the unique opportunity provided to Kumasi through the C/Can initiative and urged them to double their efforts to optimize the direct technical support provided by the Foundation. The First Lady of Ghana also addressed Committee Members and volunteered to be a “Political Champion “ of C/Can Kumasi.

As part of the WCD city-wide observation, Princess Dina and other high-level dignitaries participated in an awareness-raising event hosted by UICC Member, Breast Cancer International, in collaboration with the Kumasi Metropolitan Authority and the Regional Government. The event included the participation of local dignitaries, including Lady Julia Osei, wife of the Asthanti King, religious leaders, cancer survivors, students and media. Princess Dina also met with breast cancer survivors at the Peace and Love Hospital followed by tours of the maternal and child health units at Kumasi South Hospital and the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.

Association of Representatives of Ethical Pharmaceutical Industries (AREPI) Conference

Princess Dina concluded her visit by participating in a conference hosted by the Association of Representatives of Ethical Pharmaceutical Industries (AREPI) and chaired by the First Lady. The conference focused on the importance of public-private partnerships to improve the standard of cancer care in Ghana. During the conference, the First Lady also spoke of the importance that Ghana places on improving cancer care for its citizens and once again highlighted the importance of C/Can.

Thanks to Princess Dina’s visit, C/Can has significantly increased its visibility among national government authorities, including the First Lady and the President, which will help garner increased political and financial commitment for improving cancer care in Kumasi and nation-wide. The visit was crucial in formalizing support of the King, helping to strengthen engagement with key private-sector stakeholders already involved in the process and introducing C/Can to other potential local/national private sector partners. C/Can Partner, Roche also announced additional support to finance external experts to assist in developing project proposals once the list of priority activities are finalized. And most importantly, the visit helped further strengthen and galvanize links between the members of the Executive Committee of Kumasi and government leaders.

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