DHF General Meeting

Dear Sirs/Mas,

This is to inform you of a DHF General Meeting involving all Dove-Haven Foundation members. This is crucial for all members to actively participate in the organisations activities and growth including the forthcoming official launch of Dove-Haven Foundation.

The meeting will host the Board of Trustees, Patrons, Technical Advisers & Experts, Management team and all Volunteers.

It is scheduled to hold thus:

Date: Saturday, 28th November, 2020
Time: 7:00pm Nigerian time
Venue: Zoom

Topic: DHF General Meeting
Time: 7pm Nigeria time
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We felt this is necessary as we need to have inputs from as many people as possible.

Thank you for your usual support Sirs/Mas.

Dr Ekundayo Samuel,
Executive Director

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Dove-Haven Foundation Launches Global Strategy For Elimination Of Cervical Cancer

Dove-Haven Foundation (DHF), a Nigeria based non-governmental organisation working towards cancer reduction, has partnered with the Osun State Government to organise a programme aimed at putting an end to cervical cancer. 

The event was in corroboration of the launch of the global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO). 

The strategy, which was launched on Tuesday was geared towards achieving the 90:70:90 targets set by WHO to eradicate cervical cancer globally by the year 2030. 

The event was symbolised with the lightning of the Bristol Foundation Tower at the Bristol garden, Olaiya, Osogbo, Osun State, attracted dignitaries and medical experts. In his welcome address, the convener and Executive Director of Dove-Haven Foundation, Dr Ekundayo Samuel, expressed his concerned about the threat that cervical cancer is posing, and also the several damages it would continue to cause if nothing is done. 

According to Samuel, the purpose of our gathering here today is that, we are joining other stakeholders in the world to launch the global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer by the year 2030. ”Currently in Nigeria, despite the inaccurate statistics, we still know that breast and cervical cancer accounts for over 50% of all cancer in women. 

However, cervical cancer-related death is still more than 10,000 yearly with an annual incidence of approximately 15,000 cases,” he said. 

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Implementation Science for Cancer Control in Africa (ISC2-Africa) Network Survey

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to announce the partnership among the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), African Behavioral Research (ABeR) Center, Africa Cancer Research and Control ECHO (Africa Cancer ECHO) and International Cancer Research Partnership (ICRP) to create an Implementation Science for Cancer Control in Africa (ISC2-Africa) Network.

The ISC2-Africa Network is planning to host an inaugural Implementation Science symposium to elevate Implementation Science research scholarship in Africa. The symposium will be held as a pre-conference to the AORTIC 2021 International Cancer Conference and will take place in Dakar, Senegal, November 5 and 6, 2021.

The theme for this inaugural symposium is: “Implementation Science: Nuts and Bolts for African Practice”

To adequately meet the needs of symposium participants, we are conducting a SWOT Analysis for Implementation Science in Africa. SWOT Analysis is a strategic planning tool used to evaluate the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats involved in a project.

If you are interested in attending the ISC2-Africa Network Implementation Science symposium or have an interest in Implementation Science, please complete the survey at (click the link or copy and paste in your browser).

Thanks for forwarding the survey to others who may be interested in Implementation Science research.

Best Regards.

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Sincere appreciation to everyone who supported and joined in the epic and historic meeting of yesterday in corroboration of the launch of the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer.

Meanwhile, the national conference is scheduled for today via zoom by 10am.

DHF is making us proud as our Executive Director is one of the moderators of the meeting.

For those who have registered kindly check your email for the link to join.

Those who haven’t can still participate by registering through this link

Looking forward to seeing you in the national conference.

–making others to win makes you a winner.

Thank you.

Dorcas Famoyegun
Admin Officer

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Launch of Global Strategy to End Cervical Cancer

Dove-Haven Foundation has obtained the political will of Osun State government to participate in the launch of the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer.
The State through the Ministry of Health will collaborate with Dove-Haven Foundation in the launching by 6pm Tuesday 17th November, 2020 at the Bristol Garden, Olaiya, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria.

Event: Lighting of Bristol Fountain Tower

Meanwhile, every member of Dove-Haven Foundation in Osun State or its environ should kindly participate.

We are expected to put on any DHF shirt for those that have or a touch of Teal colour or anything you have.

Host: Dove-Haven Foundation.

Special Guest of Honour: Honourable Commissioner for Health, Osun State. 

We are moving forward.

Congratulations to everyone of us.

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Cancer Control in Nigeria. Can we get it right?

Dove Haven Foundation organized a virtual symposium titled: “Cancer Control in Nigeria: Can We Get It Right?”
The symposium was organised as part of the organisation’s statutory activities to reduce cancer threat, especially in Nigeria.
The Guest Speakers at the symposium were ”

  • Professor Francis A. Durosinmi-Etti, Chief Clinical Oncologist, NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre, LUTH.
  • Dr. Rahmatu Y. Hassan, Chief Consultant at Asfar Medical and Immediate past National Coordinator, National Cancer Control Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Professor Oladapo Campbell, Visiting Consultant Radiation and Clinical Oncologist, Department of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto
  • Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Osun State.

The Professors are members of the Dove-Haven Foundation Technical Team while Dr. Rahmatu is a member of the NGO’s Board of Trustees.
The meeting commenced with the singing of the second stanza of the National Anthem. Dr. Ekundayo Samuel, the Executive Director of Dove-Haven Foundation delivered the welcome address and laid the background to the symposium.
He was worried as to the increased rate of cancer incidence in Nigeria coupled with poor infrastructure, lack of accurate data to plan for cancer patients, and also project into the future.
Dr. Ekundayo quoted the cancer report of GLOBOCAN and Federal Ministry of Health as regards Nigeria.
He said that ‘the continuous rise in the incidence of cancer burden in Nigeria, Africa and globally was a great concern to them. Knowing that cancer alone kills more than AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria put together worldwide is worrisome.

Globally, in 2018, GLOBOCAN reported that an estimated 9.6 million death occurred from cancer with 18.1 million new cases.
It was projected that by the year 2030, about 30 million people will be living with cancer and one in two persons will have one form of cancer or another if nothing is done.
In Nigeria, 100,000 new cases were reported in 2012 and this figure rose to about 500,000 in 2015 according to GLOBOCAN.
Sadly, sub-Saharan Africa has access to about 5% of the global cancer resources, yet, about 80% of the newly diagnosed cases of cancer occur in this region where Nigeria belongs.
These frightening statistics led us to start this organization last year 2019 in order to salvage the situation’.

However, in pursuit of the organization’s aim of reducing cancer threat and in the spirit of giving back to the society, they have decided to put in place this program in other to enlighten the public on cancer control.
He further said that his hope and aspirations were that this event will give more enlightenment to every Nigerian especially the underserved communities, clinicians, educational and research institutions, policymakers, relevant government MDAs, other NGOs, health correspondents from the media and non-media print, pharmaceutical industries, even cancer patients.

Reacting, Dr. Rafiu Isamotu, the Hon. Commissioner for Health, Osun State in his opening remark, commended Dove-Haven Foundation for organising this very important symposium addressing a key national issue.
The Commissioner for Health further stated that cancer screening is key in the control of cancer in Nigeria. Speaking further on the increased rate of cancer cases in the country, he stressed that hardly will you found someone who does not know someone with cancer if they themselves are not harbouring the disease.
He encouraged States and the Federal Government to intensify screening programs as this will help to detect most people with cancer.
The cost of treating cancer is huge he said, therefore the need to detect cases early because, when detected early it is easier and cheaper to manage.

Dove-Haven Foundation has risen to the challenge of increasing the overall survival of the population she represents through this symposium.
Prof Francis Durosinmi-Etti, who gave the first lecture during the symposium started by picking on the topic; cancer control in Nigeria, can we get it right, he believes as an optimist that Nigeria can get it right.
He was also quick to recognised the immense contributions of the Federal Ministry of Health especially those at the National Cancer Control Programme desk.
Prof Durosinmi-Etti said the Federal Government had good intentions for her citizens.
One of such is the establishment of the first National Cancer Control Plan (2008-2013), and the recent plan covering 2018-2022. He mentioned that the document contains a road map, a coordinated program that is holistic in nature.
This document can be obtained from the Ministry and also available online.
He stated that cancer of the breast and cervix forms over 50% of cancers in females in Nigeria and prostate cancer is the commonest in males, however, colorectal cancer is on the increase and this is common in both males and females. Prof Durosinmi-Etti mentioned that the best cure for these cancer types is early detection.

On her part, Dr. Rahmatu Hassan responded by saying that Nigeria can get it right in the area of cancer control.
She said further that to control is to dominate, have power, regulate and there are tools implored in the control of cancer in Nigeria such as prevention which includes lifestyle changes for example in the case of cervical cancer, immunization against the causative agent human papillomavirus; an education which includes awareness, training; infrastructure such as equipment and buildings; data generation and research, this will help in planning.
Dr. Rahmatu said that the Federal Ministry of Health has been working with the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries and at the moment, the Ministry has about 30 cancer registries.
The individual registry helps to gather data from the assigned coverage area.
They gather data and transmit to the Ministry, the Ministry then work with the data and can in the same vein transmit to the International body to quote on behalf of Nigeria.
She said another tool the Government has been using to control cancer is the use of Palliative care.
There is the Association of Auspices and Palliative Care with branches in most of the hospitals in Nigeria.
However, she used the medium to ask the Association to be more active in the dispatch of their functions.
Dr. Rahmatu clearly urges non-governmental organisations to diversify in their mode of operation rather than every NGO focusing on cancer awareness and screening.
NGOs or stakeholders should have niches or specific areas of interest. She finally said that the mental health aspect of cancer control should be carefully looked into.
Prof Durosinmi-Etti further said that the Government is doing a lot to improve radiation therapy services in the country.
For example, there is a public-private partnership arrangement between LUTH and National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
This arrangement has brought about the establishment of the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Centre in Lagos which at the moment is the best in West Africa.
He also mentioned that there are other good cancer centres in Nigeria such as National Hospital, Abuja, UCH, Ibadan, etc.
There was a question as regards the huge cost of treatment that the masses couldn’t afford.

Prof Durosinmi-Etti said that many centres have failed in the past because we are deceiving ourselves, nothing good comes out cheap in life.
He acknowledged that the cost of treatment is indeed high beyond the reach of the masses, however, these centres are not charging as much as other countries are charging yet they have similar facilities.
In Europe or America for example, you will pay about 6-10 times the cost of what you will pay in Nigeria. Prof Durosinmi-Etti later said that stakeholders and the Government should intensify the support for the cost of treatment to the masses.

While reacting, Prof Oladapo Campbell said he remained optimistic about cancer control in Nigeria as the Federal Government through the National Cancer Control Plan (2018-2022) has a big dream of controlling cancer in Nigeria.
He called on the Government to implement the immunisation plan in the document where the populace will be vaccinated against hepatitis B and human papillomavirus which are risk factors to some cancer types.
Prof Campbell also said he is worried about the implementation of the NCC plan that will lapse in 2022.
Looking at the poor states of our cancer centres, for example, there is only one megavoltage machine to twenty million Nigerians compared to Egypt (1 to 1.8 million) and Australia (1 to 0.21 million).
Other challenges are the cost of this equipment, lack of maintenance engineers, manpower, lack of quality assurance for these machines.
He mentioned that at the moment only 6 radiotherapy machines are functional in the country. He reiterated the need to have auspices and palliative care centres in most of our hospitals.

Prof Campbell recommended that manufacturing companies saddled with the production of chemotherapy drugs should be:

  • Situated in Nigeria to help reduce the cost of chemotherapy treatment.
  • Medical oncology unit should be established in the two postgraduate colleges in Nigeria to take care of chemotherapy treatment.
  • The promise of the Federal Government regarding funding in the NCC plan should be implemented.
  • The State Governments should be active in the NCC plan.
  • Donors should be encouraged to review their roles and participation in the NCC plan.
  • Federal Government should increase the about US$105 per capita spent on the health of every Nigerian compared to the US$ 5000 per capital spent by the US on her citizen.

Prof Durosinmi-Etti mentioned that there is no need to have equipment that the populace cannot access and the fact that cancer matters should not be left to NGOs to handled; giving credit to the NGOs doing a great thing in the area of cancer and cancer-related matters including Dove-Haven Foundation.
He advocated for the release of the budgetary allocation for health in the current budget and the one in the NCC plan which is close to about 100 billion nairas.
Prof Durosinmi-Etti further called on the National Health Insurance Scheme to look in the line of cancer management in the country, considering the cost of treatment.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Government in the area of training health workers on cancer treatment at all levels.
Prof Campbell emphasised that public-private partnerships should be encouraged while the Government should give assurances to the private sector since they are capitalist.
Since cancer control involves everyone, religious leaders, traditional leaders, primary health care centres and local government officials should be involved in this fight.
There is also the need for the citizens to know what to do to stay off cancer.
He categorised cancer predisposing factors to two; environment (such as lifestyle, smoking, diet, alcohol intake, infections, obesity) and biology (such as familial and hereditary factors, hormonal), others are age, race, radiation, family history, etc.

Prof Durosinmi-Etti on a final note, pleaded with the Government to adopt and implement the recommendations in the NCC plans, while also urging the Leaders of the 36 States including the Federal Capital Territory to adopt and implement same.
And every concern on cancer should be directed to the desk of the National Cancer Control Programme at the Federal Ministry of Health.
Prof Campbell also pleaded with the Federal Government to improve on cancer support especially in the North-East part of the country and to upgrade the facilities in Gombe and Borno to a comprehensive cancer centre.
Also at the symposium is Prof Oyeronke Odunola, a Technical Adviser to Dove-Haven Foundation, and Director of Research, Cancer Research and Molecular Biology Laboratories, Department of Biochemistry, University of Ibadan.
Prof Odunola said that at the level of the individual, there is a need to be our brother’s keeper and also the need to increase cancer awareness and build capacity in this area.
We should not be tempted to believe that everyone knows about cancer while also encouraging those with the disease that cancer is not a death sentence.
Mr. Temitope Mark, Secretary, BoT of the organisation gave the vote of thanks and the closing prayer was said by singing the second stanza of the National Anthem.
Other participants at the symposium are stakeholders of Dove-Haven Foundation, several cancer-focused NGOs, oncology Experts from Local, State and Federal levels, etc.

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COVID-19: Cancer & Patients: What to do!


Dove-Haven Foundation organised a virtual public lecture titled “COVID-19 AND CANCER PATIENTS: WHAT TO DO!” to evaluate how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting cancer patients from a global perspective.
The Guest Speaker was Professor Mark Beresford, Consultant Oncologist and Clinical Lead for Oncology and Haematology, Royal United Hospital, Bath, England, United Kingdom.
He is also a Technical Adviser to Dove-Haven Foundation and a front line expert in a country with one of the highest numbers of COVID-19 cases.
The trend and distribution of COVID-19 infection show that people with underlying diseases such as cancer are more susceptible to the disease.
Dove-Haven Foundation has risen to the challenge of increasing the overall survival of the population she represents through this lecture.

Prof Mark spoke about the measures that are being taken in their hospital on cancer patients for different levels of treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy.
He said, despite the changes that this pandemic has caused, cancer patients in their hospital still receive similar care and attention just like the pre-COVID-19 era.
For example, cancer patients were moved out of the hospital to a well-equipped facility in order to reduce their chances of contracting the virus.
Special plans and measures are in place for those who are recovering from cancer and others who had recovered but still under monitoring. Patients under monitoring need not come to the hospital for their appointment rather the Nurses and caregivers attend to them at home while still keeping safe under restrictions.
There is also room for cancer screening especially for those that need it urgently.
Dr. Ishak Lawal, a consultant gynaecologist from Federal Medical Centre, Birnin-Kebbi who was at the meeting said ‘cancer patients suffer double jeopardy from coronavirus: they are at increased risk of death from the disease and the response to the impact of the virus could possibly increase the spread of cancer thereby decreasing the survival rate.
He also mentioned that there is no solid evidence on how the changes in cancer treatment protocol due to coronavirus will affect overall survival.
There is, therefore, a need for proper record keeping so as to inform best practices post-COVID-19 pandemic.
The way cancer patients would be managed post the pandemic is likely going to change. Some traditionally held routines such as frequency of visits may change.

Also at the meeting was the Managing Director of Bricon Global Consult Limited, Mrs. Abigail Simon-Hart, who is a cancer survivor and the co-founder of Bricon Cancer Foundation.
Speaking from Lagos, she commended Dove-Haven Foundation and said the lecture is coming at the right time because the information from the lecture will help compliment what her NGO is doing to assist cancer patients.
Reacting, Dr. Ekundayo Samuel, the Executive Director of Dove-Haven Foundation commended the efforts of the health workers in Nigeria during this strange season of COVID-19.
However, he said, it is unfortunate, despite the fact that essential services are allowed during this lockdown period, many hospitals in Nigeria are not attending to cancer patients as pre COVID-19 era; possibly because the caregivers are also afraid of contracting the virus.
For those attending to patients, as usual, the cost of treatment is huge and not affordable.
Raising funds for them also at this period is difficult; as individuals, philanthropists, and donor organisations have shift attention to reducing COVID-19 burden.
This leaves no option for cancer patients than to die at home or fall back to alternative therapy. He also mentioned that before the COVID-19 issue started, the statistics was that, for every one hour, about ten persons die of cancer in Nigeria, these are people with proper records in hospitals.
Sadly, Nigeria does not have accurate data to show how many of her citizens have this disease or are likely to have it, in order to plan ahead.
He called on the Government not to relent in the fight against cancer and to establish a comprehensive National Cancer Centre or Institute in the country to deal with these challenging issues.

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