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The World Health Organization (WHO) has renewed commitment to support Liberia’s fight against cancer, including cost of dissemination of information regarding Liberia National Cancer Policies Validation.

The pledge was made at a one-day validation forum on Liberia’s cancer policy by Victoria Kataewere, when she proxy for WHO Country Representative to Liberia, Dr. Gbrekidan Zbelo Mesfin held Thursday 23 August at the Ministry of Health in Congo Town.

Madam Kataewere notes that the global burden and threat of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) constitute a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world and has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations.

The WHO-Liberia focal person for non-communicable diseases explains cancer is the second most commonly reported NCDs accounting for over twenty percent (8.4million) of deaths annually, adding the human price is not the only loss caused by cancer.

“It is responsible for immense costs to health systems that usually put suffering and burdens on families economically and emotionally, resulting to irreplaceable losses for communities,’’ she adds.

She says following the 2011 Moscow Declaration on NCDs, endorsed by Ministers of Health from around the world and the UN Political Declaration on NCDs endorsed by Heads of State and Governments, leaders committed themselves to establishing and strengthening multi-sectorial national policies and plans for the prevention and control of NCDs, including cancer.

“Today, we congratulate Liberia upon this great milestone towards implementing her global commitment as well as contributing to achieving the objectives of the ‘Global Action Plan’ for the
prevention and control of the diseases.” the focal person for non-communicable diseases in Liberia thanked Liberia.

The national cancer policy and strategy for Liberia provides a platform for planning and implementation of sustainable and cost-effective interventions that will drive prevention, treatment and
control of cancer in the country.

Liberia’s Health Minster Dr. Willimina Jallah, commended stakeholders and partners for their commitment and dedication in crafting the National Policy Validation framework which she said will go a long way in helping Liberia to emerge victorious in the fight against cancer disease. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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