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Kigali to host international cancer conference

Rwanda has won the bid to host another major international conference, The African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC). The biennial International Conference on Cancer in Africa will be hosted in Kigali from 7th to 10th November 2017 at the Kigali Convention Centre.

The conference, which is being organised in collaboration with the Rwanda Development Board and the Ministry of Health, is expected to attract 1,000 delegates from across the globe.

The announcement by AORTIC to hold the conference in Rwanda is yet another key achievement within the Meetings Incentives Conferences and Events (MICE) industry in Rwanda, showcasing a competitive capacity to host globally renowned events within the region.

Frank Murangwa, acting CEO of the Rwanda Convention Bureau (RCB), said that this is another vote of confidence in Rwanda for having been chosen to host this major conference.

“We went through a bidding process competing with other strong destinations and we are honoured to be a hosting country for this important conference in the health sector,” he said.

AORTIC is a pan-African organisation with the objective to further research and support for oncology training of healthcare workers on the continent. The organisation’s scope of research includes national cancer control programmes, establishing, advocating and training for cancer registration across the continent and also strengthening healthcare delivery systems in line with the African Union policy.

The first AORTIC conference was held in 1983 in Togo with subsequent events hosted in various African countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Egypt and Morocco.

Hosting the 11th Conference on Cancer in Africa will be a boost to Rwanda’s efforts to eradicate cancer as new ideas shall be generated from the experts in the cancer field during the conference. This conference shall be part of the continuous journey to achieve a cancer free continent which will be done through uniting African countries and collaborating with health ministries and global cancer organisations in the fight against the non-communicable disease, which is among the leading causes of death universally.

The AORTIC conference in Rwanda also comes at an opportune time when the Rwanda Development Board is focused on developing and promoting the country as a health tourism hub in the region. There are currently ongoing partnership efforts to establish a pharmaceutical plant in Rwanda and train health practitioners to ensure that healthcare provision is at par with the rest of the world.

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