In December, Professor Yacouba Harouna, responsible for the national breast cancer program and Sinan Khaddaj from WAHA met to develop a pilot program to radically increase access to breast cancer screening in Niger.
Below is a quick question and answer session we carried out with Professor Yacouba when he visited our office in Paris last month.
WAHA International: Can you introduce yourself?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: I am a visceral and thoracic surgeon, and I also teach at the Niamey University in Niger
WAHA International: Why did you work in the humanitarian domain?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: I worked with Medecins du Monde, and mainly with a local NGO in my country, Niger.
WAHA International: When has been started WAHA’s partnership?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: Since the beginning of December 2010
WAHA International: How did you get in touch with us?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: During ISOFS meeting in Dakar, I was looking for support, and have been in contact with Dr Sinan Khaddaj, general secretary of WAHA through one of your collaborator Dr Mabeye Fatouma.
WAHA International: In which issue this project is based??
Professor Harouna Yacouba: What we are considering with WAHA, is the establishment of a pilot screening for women breast and cervical cancer. This is why I came to your head office, to establish the mapping of this pilot project.
WAHA International: When and where this project will be launched?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: This project will be launched in February 2011, in few areas of the Nigerian capital, which will cover approximately 500 000 women.
WAHA International: How to develop the partnership with WAHA International?
Professor Harouna Yacouba: I hope to continue to work on concrete projects with WAHA International, such as the detection of breast and cervical cancer, which, if it is effective may be extended to other parts of the country.
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