Cervical cancer: Niger gov’s wife to serve on WHO’s Technical Advisory Group

By Tina George, Minna 

Wife of the Niger State Governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello has been invited by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO),  Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus to serve as a member of the Expert committee for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer Initiative.

The Cervical Cancer Elimination Initiative is an initiative of the WHO aimed at equipping member states with the resources and technology required to meet the global target of cervical cancer elimination as a public health problem.

The committee is said to comprise of 15 members selected globally with consideration for technical distribution of expertise, geographical representation and gender balance. 

In a statement issued by Dr. Bello’s Press Secretary, Aisha Wakaso,  the WHO Director-General who personally selected the committee members said that members would be serving on individual capacity and will serve for a period of two years and eligibility for reappointment.

The statement said that Ghebreyesus had requested the selected members to  give the WHO the benefit of their knowledge and expertise especially with regards to the countries in which they are working.

It would be recalled that in May 2018, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a call to action towards the elimination of cervical cancer. 

The functions of the committee include, to review, from a strategic and technical standpoint, the content, scope and dimensions of the activities of the Initiative, including the research areas covered and approaches to be adopted.

The Committee is also expected to provide independent evaluation of the scientific and technical aspects of the Initiative, recommend priorities within the Initiative and review resource mobilization and advocacy approaches for the Initiative.

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