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Africa / Fight against cancer: the ‘Rays of Hope’ project will be launched in February 2022

AA / Dakar / Alioune Ndiaye

The “Rays of Hope” project, aimed at developing the fight against cancer, will be launched in Africa on February 4, 2022, announced Wednesday in Dakar, Mariano Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Grossi was on an official visit to Dakar to present to President Macky Sall the project which, according to a statement from the Senegalese Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Mesri), aims to help Member States set up or to develop their national capacities for the fight against cancer on the scale of nuclear technologies (medical imaging, nuclear medicine and radiotherapy).

“We have started the discussions on the technical level to ensure that as soon as President Macky Sall has assumed his new functions (president of the AU from January 2022), we will mobilize the African Union as such behind this project (…) It will be launched in principle on the day of the celebration of World Cancer Day on February 4, coinciding with the week of the African summit, ”said Grossi, speaking in a statement to the RTS, to his exit from hearing with President Sall.

“This ‘Rays of Hope’ project aims to provide most African countries with the scientific and technical means necessary to deal with this crisis of non-communicable diseases such as cancer which continue to wreak havoc in Africa, in particular breast cancer, cervical cancer … that’s our goal, ”he added.

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