Fight against cancer: First Lady Dominique Ouattara sponsors launch of free cancer screening campaign

he ECOWAS Resident Representation in Côte d’Ivoire is organizing a free cervical and breast cancer screening campaign from May 30 to 31, 2023. The campaign, which is part of the celebrations marking the 48th anniversary of the creation of ECOWAS, has been placed under the patronage of the First Lady, Mrs Dominique Ouattara.

The launch ceremony took place on Tuesday May 30, 2023, at the headquarters of the sub-regional institution. The ceremony witnessed the participation of Mrs Chantal Poaty, advisor and representative of the First Lady, MrsDominique Ouattara, H.E. Madame Fanta Cissé, ECOWAS resident representative in Côte d’Ivoire, and several other personalities. This free campaign, which will take place over two (02) days, will screen a total of 400 women from several areas in the Abidjan district. Mrs Chantal Poaty, representing Mrs Dominique Ouattara, delivered a message of support. She reiterated the importance the First Lady attaches to the well-being of women which explains the several actions she carries out in favor of women. According to Mrs Poaty, these include support for women through donations, the FAFCI fund, donations of medical equipment to health centers and the construction of the Mother and child Hospital in Bingerville. For all these reasons, Mrs Poaty confirmed that the First Lady is totally in tune with ECOWAS. Mrs Poaty also stressed the importance of preventive screening. According to her, cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death worldwide, after heart disease. she also revealed that over 60% of cervical cancer cases occur in developing countries. The First Lady’s representative concluded by inviting women to undergo voluntary screening in order to prevent the onset of this disease.

H.E. Mrs Fanta Cissé, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, set the context for the ceremony. She pointed out that the launch of this screening campaign was part of the celebrations marking the 48th anniversary of the creation of the sub-regional institution. H.E. Mrs Fanta Cissé also thanked the First Lady, Mrs Dominique Ouattara, for her support and commitment to the well-being of women.

Mrs Dobré Victorine, spokeswoman for the  women, also thanked the First Lady for her support.

The ceremony ended with a tour of the screening booths.