In London, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba pleads with other first ladies of the Commonwealth to eradicate early stage cervical cancer by 2030

Sylvia Bongo Ondimba with Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, and other First Ladies on Friday May 6 at Marlborough House, headquarters of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London © Facebook/SBO

On the sidelines of the Commonwealth Leaders Summit held in London on Friday, May 6, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba participated in the meeting of First Ladies organized by the Secretary General of the organization, Patricia Scotland. The objective: to discuss improving access to early detection of cervical cancer in order to accelerate the elimination of this disease among young girls by 2030.

« To achieve this, it is essential and urgent to inform and educate young girls and boys but also their parents on HPV, its effects and the possibility offered by vaccination to eradicate it, to protect them and reduce the risk of precancerous lesions, « said on its Facebook page Sylvia Bongo Ondimba.

This meeting was also an opportunity for the first lady « to talk about the progress made in Gabon in this sector since the launch of the program ‘Act against cancer’ by the Sylvia Bongo Ondimba Foundation for the Family in 2013 and to present the project to create a national vaccination program against HPV in collaboration with Gabon Equality and the Ministry of Health, » as she wrote on her social media.

« Today, we have sent a strong signal to the world: together, we must and we can create a future without cervical cancer, » Sylvia Bongo Ondimba launched, adding that « this fight » was particularly « dear » to her.