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AORTIC 2015 /
The importance of the AORTIC Advocacy Program

18th - 22nd Nov 2015

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Published: 08.12.15
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Dr Folakemi Odedina - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Dr Odedina talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about the importance of the AORTIC Advocacy Program.

The Advocacy Program was initiated in 2011 and involves training people to be advocates who can educate and raise awareness on cancer throughout Africa. 

In 2013, the Master Advocates Program was initiated, which involves advocates from around the world providing their insight and skills to train others. Since conferences are only every two or three years, she notes an important aspect of the scheme which involves advocates who have undergone three years of training and mentoring training 100 people themselves over the next three years. This means that people don't have to wait for the next conference to receive training.

Cancer survivors in particular are encouraged to be advocates as they are "the true face of cancer", she says.

Furthermore, she speaks of the Cancer Control Plan which was also established by AORTIC in 2013, to address the problem of many countries not having a plan in place.


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Founding partners

European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

Founding Charities

Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

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ecancer Global Foundation