Political will in Ethiopia has helped in improving its health sector and fight against female cancer

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Ethiopia recorded significant progress in supporting and providing care to people suffering from cancer, since the country “started a national programme of fight against the cancer which gives promising results”, said Dr. Joseph Saba, a French specialist and also chairman and managing director of Axios, a consultancy company specialised in assistance to developing countries. “The country had especially achieved important progress in breast cancer screening. We also helped Ethiopia to set up therapeutic protocols which profitted to several hundreds of patients,” he stated, stressing the existence of a strong political will in the country. Ethiopia, like other African states, suffers from shortage of staff specialized in providing care to people suffering from cancer, according to a report made public at the time of the world day of fight against cancer. “The number of oncologist [specialist in cancer] in Ethiopia shifted one in 2006 to two today. It goes without saying that the country needs much more oncologists… But right now, one notes a clear improvement of the fate of the women,” said Sheba.

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