It is with great humility, I share with you the announcement of my name as one of the candidates shortlisted for the President-elect position (2022-2024) of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)– the worldwide umbrella body for cancer organizations. My nomination and the ensuing excitement fill me with a strong sense of pride, strength, and confidence. I would like to thank the Nigerian Cancer Society and African Organization for Research and Training in Oncology (AORTIC) for the trust and confidence bestowed on me.
As many of you are aware, I have dedicated the last 17years of my life to our Medicaid Cancer Foundation, working to improve the quality of life of cancer patients in Nigeria and beyond. I have first-hand experience of the painful lack of access to Cancer care brings. My aspiration to lead the UICC will propel these stories to the global stage, bridge gaps, and inequities, and produce better inclusion for all. I possess the qualification, political strengths, and professional networks that can empower all UICC member organizations in their constituents, cutting across all regions of the world, gender, age, and economies.
Sadly, the African continent has a rapidly growing cancer burden with staggeringly poor outcomes. I look forward to working with you to end these disparities and inequalities, that has become even more glaring since the covid pandemic and more recently the Russia/Ukraine crisis. Both of these catastrophic events have had significant effects on the world economy and health security.
The UICC general assembly and voting are scheduled to hold virtually on the 11th of October 2022. Over 500 member organizations will make the decision. I seek your support on this journey. Please follow and amplify our campaign on media platforms, mention relevant fora and advocate in all your circles.
Together, we can save more lives!