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 Dorothy Nyong’o's Presentation at Regina Auditorium

 

As part of its 40th anniversary celebrations, IPM is brought Dorothy Nyong'o, the Managing Director of the Africa Cancer Foundation and mother of Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o, to discuss the current challenges facing girls and women in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa. She addressed the existing limitations in her country's healthcare system and how organizations, such as the Africa Cancer Foundation and IPM, are partnering with community-based organizations and working to address the needs within these communities. 

Dorothy Nyong'o's Africa Cancer Foundation, a charitable Trust, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya was founded on July 12, 2011 and works towards a cancer-free Africa by:

 

  1. creating awareness on cancer; partnering with corporates, like-minded non-profit organizations, and medical institutions in providing cancer screening services to the general public;
  2. spearheading cancer research and guidelines; as well as
  3. advocating for governments to pay due attention to cancer and to increase the diagnostic and treatment services for cancer on the continent.

In Kenya, through Nyong’o’s leadership, ACF has conducted a dozen of screening events in the country - reaching over 6,000 people, who would otherwise not afford the services. ACF has also developed a number of fact sheets and books on cancer, adapted from the US National Cancer Institute booklets. ACF carries out its mandate with the invaluable help of a pool of young, dedicated volunteers who give their time and skills for the accomplishment of its goals.

Nyong’o has also been the CEO of 7th Sense Communications Ltd. for the past 7 years. Her work at 7th Sense has included editing documents for non-governmental organizations, including the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Kenya Human Rights Commission, IMLU, The Policy Project, and ACTION AID. She received the 2009 Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK) Golden Honours Award for service to public relations in Kenya. In 2011, 7th Sense Communications won the PRSK Award for Excellence - Media Relations Campaign of the Year - for the launch of Africa Cancer Foundation.

The IPM Team was honored to bring Dorothy Nyong’o to Cleveland, alongside forty other remarkable national and international experts, to celebrate its 40th anniversary through a weeklong series of events during October 13 to 17, 2014.