South Atlantic Board Chair and National Assembly Member, Dr. Fred Worsham recognized for his assistance in supporting the renovation of the labratory of the Bolivian Foundation Against Cancer
The American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division (SAD) sent a delegation of representatives to Bolivia in mid-December to assess the progress and expansion of several Society-funded programs throughout the country. For the past five years, the SAD has partnered with the Fundación Boliviana Contra el Cáncer (FBCC) on cancer prevention efforts in Bolivia, which has the third highest cervical cancer rate in the Western Hemisphere. The delegation visited the new FBCC affiliates in Riberalta – a remote, tropical area in northern Bolivia – and in Potosí, located in the mountainous mining region. The delegation applauded the affiliates for their efforts in actively garnering resources to expand educational and medical services to their communities. In a meeting with members of Bolivia’s Ministry of Health, the delegation was updated on the country’s recently created national cancer plan, which includes key strategies for early detection and diagnosis, treatment, education, infrastructure building, and data surveillance. The FBCC assisted in the development of the plan and will play a vital role in the areas of education and community outreach. To show appreciation for the partnership, the FBCC honored American Cancer Society board member Dr. Fred Worsham by naming a renovated lab facility in his honor. Similarly in Potosí, the city council awarded the delegation keys to the city in honor of the joint commitment to cancer control. In the future, the SAD will continue to monitor and provide technical expertise to the development of the FBCC affiliates.