Loyce Pace (on right and in camera frame), director, Regional Programs, American Cancer Society, and Awatef Dali (center), a television personality and communications expert from Tunisia, are interviewed by journalists on the TV program Good Morning, Cameroon.
The Africa Cancer Information and Advocacy Initiative, managed by the American Cancer Society and supported by Oracle and the Canadian Cancer Society, hosted its first Francophone African Media Summit, which brought together more than 20 communications experts and journalists working in the health sector from the following countries in which French is commonly spoken: Senegal, Togo, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Gabon, and Cameroon. The three-day summit, held April 16-18 in Douala, Cameroon, focused on information exchange and capacity building for cancer- and tobacco-related reporting in Africa. The summit offered participants a hands-on workshop-type environment that encouraged robust discussions on cancer- and tobacco-related themes. The participants ultimately developed an action plan outlining ways in which they can develop information exchanges on cancer and tobacco control and improve journalist capacity on health reporting. Loyce Pace, director, Regional Programs, American Cancer Society, gave the opening remarks during the first day of the event. The special guest speaker for the summit was Paul Ndom, MD, former president of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC). Dr. Ndom also serves as deputy permanent secretary of the National Program Fight against Cancer, a cancer control group based in Cameroon, and as founding president of SOCHIMIO, a nongovernmental organization based in Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé. Some of the other expert speakers included Awatef Dali, a television personality and communications expert from Tunisia; Fara Diaw, a Senegal-based print journalist and media trainer; and Khalil Gueye, a US-based producer, broadcaster, and CNN contributor. The event received publicity in numerous leading national media outlets, including a live broadcast on Good Morning, Cameroon, a bilingual French/English program broadcast within Cameroon and to neighboring countries by Cameroon-based Spectrum Television (STV).