|A small exhibition on the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme was held to mark World Cancer Day on 7 February 2011. The exhibition, which shared stories about technical cooperation projects that address cancer, was one of a number of activities organized at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) to raise awareness of the cancer epidemic in developing countries.
Participants at the VIC event were addressed by Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of the Kingdom of Jordan, who has led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation (KHCF) as Director General since 2003. The Foundation is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit institution founded in 1997 by Royal Decree to combat cancer in Jordan and the Middle East region.
|It aims, inter alia, to offer access to education, training and public awareness aimed at the early detection and prevention of cancer and to raise funds to help support and maintain the mission of the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC). The KHCC has collaborated with the IAEA for many years and has "benefitted greatly from their training, but have also seen how instrumental their efforts have been in addressing capacity development issues and in providing training for radiologists, radiotherapists, physicists and the like," Princess Dina said.
The Director General of the IAEA, Mr Yukiya Amano, also spoke at the event. He noted that support provided through the IAEA´s technical cooperation programme had helped to establish national oncology services in Mauritania and El Salvador over the course of the past year, and assured listeners that the fight against cancer would remain a priority for the IAEA throughout his term as Director General.
The Department of Technical Cooperation helps Member States to combat cancer through building capacities, expertise, and training in radiation medicine, as well as the provision of equipment.