First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa partnered with Zambia in the fight against cancer

First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa partnered with Zambia in the fight against cancer

By Letwin Mubonesi

In a bid to fight against cancer in Zimbabwe as well as transforming healthcare quality and equitable access to all, First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa has partnered with Zambian Oncologists.

She is the country’s Health Ambassador.

Amai Mnangagwa has traversed the length and breadth of the country with her Angel of Hope Foundation’s mobile clinic raising awareness on non-communicable diseases as well as promoting early screening, diagnosis and treatment.

She has been to remote areas in the country ensuring access to health for all.

Zambia’s Medland Hospital chief executive, Dr Mohamed El Sahili approached the First Lady and expressed his willingness to work with her in the fight against cancer in Zimbabwe.

The partnership saw the two countries holding their first cancer conference in Harare yesterday.

Dr Sahili shared important information with other Zimbabwe’s oncologists and health experts from the country’s provinces.

He said collaborative health care is a current trend to address challenges and improve the social sustainability of health care systems.

He said, “Medland Hospital is very active when it comes to fighting cancer. Recently we had our breast cancer conference. We then recognise the work being done by the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa, who is very active when it comes to health care issues.

“She is also the Vice President of the Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) and the country’s health ambassador. We decided to partner her and have the cancer conference Zimbabwe edition.

“We shared our willingness to work hand-in-hand with her office in order to try and have exchange programmes with Zimbabwean health experts and probably implement a project that will help us make health care accessible and affordable to everyone.”

Dr Sahili added that redesigning health care entailed working together and also that there was need for more robust evaluation of innovative health technologies to determine what really works.

However, the First Lady said she facilitated the Zimbabwe-Zambia collaboration with the aim of strengthening the fight against cancer in the country and the continent at large.

She said, “The Ministry of Health and Child care in Zimbabwe appointed me the Ambassador of Health and Child Care, therefore I have decided for Dr Sahili to meet with our local health experts on cancer issues that are affecting our people.

“It is my sincere hope and appreciation that this shall be a fruitful coordination that will pave way in the fight against cancer”

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