AORTIC Cancer Advocacy Consortium (ACAC)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are estimated to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in developing countries, especially Africa. About 20% of the deaths from NCDs in Africans over 45 years is predicted to be from cancer.
Known as Africa's silent killer, cancer is now a major public health problem in Africa, with the five most frequent cancers being Breast, Cervix, Liver, Prostate and Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. However, cancer continues to be underestimated and ignored in Africa.
The little attention being given to cancer has led to unnecessary deaths and suffering from cancer. Unfortunately, cancer advocacy is currently limited and weak in Africa, thereby making cancer issues of low priority in African countries. To address the needs of cancer advocacy in Africa, the African Cancer Advocates Consortium (ACAC), was formed on 29 November 2011, during the AORTIC 2011 conference in Egypt.
ACAC Advocacy Groups:
- Political Advocacy: Lobbying to impact pubic policy
- Education Advocacy: Providing cancer information and education
- Research Advocacy: Fostering high quality cancer research that meets the needs of patients and the community
- Fundraising Advocacy: Raising funds to support cancer research, services, education and community outreach
- Support Advocacy: Supporting cancer patients, caregivers & families
- Community Outreach Advocacy: Engaging & reaching out to the cancer community to foster cancer control