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Theme: “Ideas for Women Cancer Control in Africa”

This event occurred on
May 14, 2011
9:00am - 9:00am EAT
(UTC +3hrs)

TEDx Antananarivo follows the brilliant idea initiated at the TEDGlobal 2007 - "Africa the Next Chapter" in Tanzania ... Madagascar is no longer an island lost in the Indian Ocean but a hub of ideas, communication and passion.
TEDxAntananarivo 2011 edition will focus on the fight against women cancer in Africa and Madagascar.
Indeed, cancer has become in recent years a public health problem and is responsible for 12.5% of the women main death causes. In Madagasca, as throughout Africa, gynecological cancer are prevalent, representing over 50% of cases examined at the Oncology Service. It therefore goes without saying that cancer is now a scourge that can not be neglected.
The Malagasy mindset is (yet) traditionally fateful and conservative, women carry the fate of some genetic heritage of the family. It is high time to break the inevitable! Offer a future to a new generation of African and Malagasy women kept safe from cancer!
All aspects of the issue will be discussed throughout the event: Prevention, Awareness among women, Treatments, (research on longevity), research on the specificity of cancer in African women, tackled with key design and entertainment that characterize TED.
Our speakers are all renowned experts in various fields such as: medical Oncology, Psychology, Naturopathy,Yoga... all with the very same goal: the fierce fight against cancer embodied by the spirit of hope for a better life to African and Malagasy women empowered and healthy. May that spirit of magic and hope remain within each of us throughout this inspiring event!

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Raja Kamal, PhD

The Buck Inst. San Francisco Senior Vice President for Institute Relations and Chief Developmental Officer of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging since January 2011.

Pr. Umberto Veronesi

Italian Surgeon and Oncologist internationally known for his contributions on prevention and treatment of breast cancer throughout a career spanning over 50 years, founder of the Umberto Veronesi Foundation. Head of Italy's Nuclear Safety Agency. Believes that: "Science should be accessible to everybody as soon as new research results are available. From rich people to poor people, rich countries to poor countries, the latest cancer research should be free."

Dr. Mario Sideri

Director of the Preventive Gynecology Unit, European Institute of Oncology, Milano, Italy

MD, Professor Christopher C. Benz,

Professor and Program Director for research on Aging at the Buck Institute, Adjunct Professor of Medicine for the Division of Hematology-Oncology, UCSF, co-founded Hermes Biosciences in 1998 to develop moleculary targeted nanocarrier systems for therapeutic and other oncologic applications, served as Vice president for clinical affairs, in 2000 relocated his academic laboratory and became a faculty member of the newly opened Buck Institute for Age research in Novato CA to explore the link between breast cancer and aging.

Mr. A.P.S. Chawla

President of Roko Cancer Trust, UK, ROKO meaning STOP. Helped the SGRD Rotary Cancer Hospital Amnitsar in India to build a bracky therapy wing for cancer patients, one of the first hospital fully equipped with a Mobile breast cancer detection unit, created all-in-all 4 operating units in different parts of India.

Dr. Firoze Koytcha

Medecins de l'Ocean Indiens, La Reunion

Ms Isha Bhandari

Presently working as Director (Operations) for ROKO (Roko means STOP) CANCER CHARITABLE TRUST, India, Her association with the MKC Trust, UK has been centric on working towards the cause of creating awareness and detection of breast and Cervix cancer among women living in semi urban and rural areas of India.According to Isha-“By creating awareness we not only empower women but also save a life as early detection leads to cure”.

Akbaraly Cinzia Catalfamo

Italian born Economist specializing in “Services and structures for the trading companies in developing countries, Deputy Director of the project LIMI (Leningrad International Management Institute): the first joint-venture between a Western and an Eastern Management School to teach Western economic approach to Eastern countries’. General Consul to Italy in Madagascar. Founder and current President of the Philanthropy Akbaraly Foundation, "4A woman" is one of her leading project(in helping women to prevent and treat cancer in Madagascar supported by the World Health program (Organisation Mondiale de la Santé), with the help of her husband Ylias Akabaraly, she founded as well the "Fihavanana Association" helping orphanages (2.000 Malagasy orphans).

Dr. Claudia Allegri

Former consultant surgeon at the Cristo Re hospital in Roma Italy, Specialist in tropical diseases treatment. Consultant practitioner In Comoros, in Madagascar. Scientific Manager for the Akbaraly Foundation in the area of cancer project, Scientific Director of A4woman project.

Hon'ble Shri Sabir Ali Ji

Member of Parliament, India

Dr. Brian K. Kennedy

Dr. Brian Kennedy earned a PHD at the Massachusets Institute of Technology, internationally recognized for his research in the basic biology of aging and as a visionary committed to translating research discoveries into new ways of detecting, preventing, and treating age-related conditions. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart disease. He leads a team of 17 principle investigators at the Buck Institute.

Dr. Julie R. Gralow, M.D.

Dr. Julie Gralow, MD is Professor of Medical Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine, and Associate Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She is Director of Breast Medical Oncology at UWSOM and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, serves as Associate Program Head for the UW/FHCRC Consortium Women’s Cancer Program, and is a member of the FHCRC Scientific Steering Committee. She is co-author of the book Breast Fitness: An Optimal Exercise and Health Plan for Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer and is Medical Director, Team Physician, and co-founder of Team Survivor Northwest, an exercise and fitness program for women cancer survivors. Additionally, she is increasingly active internationally in Breast Cancer Advocacy, presenting bi-annual programs in Eastern Europe and Asia since 2005, and through her work with the Harvard Global.

Dr. Jacques Cheminet

Regional correspondent to the French society for the evaluation and treatment of diseases: "Douleurs sans frontieres", knowledgeable about Madagascar, posted in the country in 2008, worked tightly on different projects with the HJRA hospital in Antananarivo in the oncology wing and the Akbaraly Foundation on mamar and gynecological cancer.

Dr. Marina Alois Njelekela

Dr Marina Alois Njelekela (MD. PhD), is a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Physiology at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Health. For the past six years she has led the Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) as the Chairperson. Dr Njelekela has led MEWATA to pursue screening and detection of breast cancer to save the lives of women by offering free screening, diagnosis and treatment to underserved women in seven regions in Tanzania. The National Breast Cancer and Awareness Campaign, aims at creating awareness among the general population, health workers and policy makers about breast cancer in Tanzania. 65,000 women benefited from this program and more than 152 were found to have breast cancer. Around 3000 women were treated and discharged. Marina has received several awards in respect of her contribution to community health especially in breast and cervical cancer awareness in Tanzania.

Pr. Suzanne Ratsimamanga

Professor Suzanne Ratsimamanga, has a long career in medicine, Science, and has been a lecturer for many years at the University of Antananarivo Madagascar in collaboration with her spouse the savant Albert Ratsimamanga, himself 1st Ambassador of Madagascar in France and Director of the CNRS, she founded the IMRA(Malagasy Institute for applied research) nominated as an acitve member of the University agency for the Francophonie in 2001, she specializes in Endocrinology, medicinal Malagasy plants.

Dr. Charles Andrianjara

Dr Charles Andrianjara (Ph. D.) has a broad experience in the field of drug design and development. During his 20 years of industrial careers, he has been exposed to multicultural environment in a variety of pharmaceutical companies located in different countries around the world. He started his career at Parke Davis France as a head of the computer-assisted drug design group in 1991. In keeping up with the pace of change in the pharmaceutical industry environment, he moved to the Department of Molecular Structure and Design at Pfizer Global R&D Sandwich (U.K.) for an assistant research fellow position in 2002. As being attracted to the lifestyle of Southern France, he joined the midsize pharmaceutical company so-called “Laboratoires Pierre Fabre” as a Director of the Department of Molecular Informatics in 2005. The fruits of his efforts in the drug discovery areas have led to eight worldwide patents for which he is the co-inventors. A strong call from his home country has made him decide to return to Madagascar with the aim of contributing to its economic, social and cultural development. Since 2010, he is the Director of Research and Development (R&D) at IMRA (Institut Malgache de Recherches Appliquées).

Pr. Florine Rafaramino

Graduated in Oncology, radiotherapy option from Paris V University and DU of clinical Oncology. Became the Chief of the Oncology Radiotherapy Unit of Antananarivo since 1996, lectured in Oncology at the Medicine Faculty and prepared an Agregation of CAMES (Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l’Enseignement Supérieur). She succeeded in the CAMES competition in November 2002. Then a speciality discipline in oncology was created at Antananarivo. The physician received abroad perfectionning training. The Oncology department of La Timone Marseille has been the main partner. She was chosen to be the national coordinator of IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) african regional project. In this project, all the malagasy radiotherapists regularly received continuing trainings.

Marie Aude Randrianome Jetha

Testimonial, Fianarantsoa, Madagascar

Mialy Rajohson

Mialy Rajhonson graduated from the IFEDEM Paris in 1994 as «a professional dancer». He Founded in 1997 «Ry Mialy» a Dance Production Company, Mialy is known for being a great dancer, believer in the body expressions of the mind and the soul through dance, as one of the best choreographer, he wrote and directed various musicals such as «Tritriva» (from the urban legend of the lake Tritriva) in cooperation of the German Embassy, Matsaka (going to the well), « kiolonolona », «Elakelantrano» during the 3rd Francophonie game hosted by Madagascar in 1998 and founded K'Art (malagasy dance academy)in 2004. He teaches more than 600 students from 2 to 60 years old.

Romy Joggyah Narain

Maurician born, originally from India, is a naturopathic , trained and practised the Ayurvedic medicine and yoga for 20 years, owns a healing centre and practices the alternative medicine, works in Madagascar.

Tiana Randrianarisoa

Originally from the Reunion Island, the Malagasy- born Artist-Singer is a great believer in children and education, she is an active member of « Mada Océan Indien », an association giving many children the opportunity to go to school and get free education and a better life.

Théodore Liounis

Born in Madagascar, Theo Liounis grew up in Antananarivo, studied Architecture in Marseilles, France, where he used to work for 10 years. He came back to Madagascar and works in Tana as an Architect since 1995. Had cancer in 2008, he recovered from cancer after having undergone surgery and radiotherapy. He designed the Oncology center in Antananarivo with the help of the Akbaraly Foundation, beyond his technical skills, he is a guide in his job through his own life experience in the area of cancer, he is aware of the fact that Oncology centers need to be built all over the country, as an architect, he is ready to put his energy into building the bridge between people and cancer awareness.

Dr. Anna Nyakabau

Consultant Radiotherapist and Oncologist at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, in Harare, Zimbabwe. Treated Zimbabwean patients and patients from neighbouring Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Assigned in both clinical private and government patients.

Dr. Chafika Mazouni

Surgeon in Gynecology and obstetrics. Area of interest: Identification of new biomarkers in response to therapy in breast cancer, and proteomics. PhD in emerging biomarkers in breast cancer. Development of statistical tools to improve individual treatments.

Pr. Groesbeck P. Parham, MD

Professor in Gynecologic Oncology and Infectious diseases at the University of Birmingham. Co-director CIDRZ Cervical cancer Prevention program in Zambia. He believes that we must implement and sustain advanced tools and technology to prevent, detect and follow-up patients and or eligible women to keep them "cervical cancer safe"...such challenges need innovative and unconventional approaches in Africa and Madagascar where those tools remain unavailable and constrained.

Elda Narijaona

Malagasy born artist, Elda Narijaona alias Dah'Mama sung since the age of 3 and was part of a band since the age of 13, she is not only an artist but also a social activist, has been working with local hospitals and social care, a quite famous but down-to-earth star, she gives a lot of her time and energy to help out children with cancer. She is an inspiring figure with regards to the fight against cancer.

Maulana Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi

One Of The Renowned Islamic Scholar & Political Leader An International Islamic & Social Figure Maulana Kalbe Rushaid Rizvi has made his name by the revolt for haq (truth).

Danielle Raharivola alias MOTA

MOTA graduated from the SANFIL music school, is a renowned Malagasy composer, singer and pianist with a very specific style of music. One the most female talented artist in Africa to say the least. She explores the piano's expression power as she pounds and caresses the keys, believing that "music is a journey not a destination", a "dream", the smile on the face of the one listening to her playing is her only reward, then in 2004 she stunned the genius Silo another (talented Malagasy artist and musician) at the Madajazzcar Festival, moved the audience. The journey is only beginning for her, she dreams about attending(in the near future) the Lumiere Université of Lyon France to achieve a Master Degree in music applied to Visual Art. May her dream come true.

Pascaline and Michel Dhenin-Foucault

Psycho-therapists, applying to patients the Neuro-Emotional Integration therapy with bilateral altered stimulations through ocular movements, both are consultants associates in the field of Human Resources, their main area of interest is the follow-up and treatment of patients undergoing traumatic life experiences: accident, aggression, violence...

Dr. Puneet Gupta

Dr. Puneet Gupta is a cancer super-specialist, presently serving in Indraprastha Apollo, Delhi (India’s first internationally certified joint commission international, USA approved) hospital as senior oncologist. He is first Doctor in India who has to his credit all three cancer degrees approved by Medical Council of India: MD (1992); Diplomate of National Board (DNB 1994) in Radiation Oncology and then DM (fellowship) in medical oncology (1996).

Dr. Sonia Andrianabela Randrianarisoa

Rehabilitation and Functional Rehabilitation physician, Graduate from the University René Descartes, Paris V. As part of the fight against cancer, she was responsible for preparing the National Policy for the Fight against Cancer and the National Plan Strategy . She was project coordinator pilot initiated by WHO on the feasibility and acceptability on Madagascar prevention of cervical cancer by inspection visual acetic acid (VIA) and cryotherapy. As such, it was announcer on "The IVA in Madagascar" at the 6th International cancer Conference, organized by AORTIC in October 2007 in Cape Town, South Africa. Recently, she participated in the meeting organized by UNFPA in New York in November / December 2010, to preparing the document entitled "Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control: Guidance for Program Countries ". She just lead the development of the Standards and Procedures Prevention cervical cancer in Madagascar.

Ms Bako Ratsifandriamanana

Malagasy born sportwoman, from a family of eight children, Bako practised sport since her early age, won gold medals in swimming, she is multi-task and busy woman, worked for Air Madagascar, is an Entertainment Consultant and teacher. She went through cancer in 2001, underwent radiotherapy and chemiotherapy until 2002. She will share her life experience.

Dr. U Indulal

As the Deputy Director – Technical, he is currently involved in the technical activities of the organization, in the areas of clinical services, research, training programs and medicine manufacturing. He is based at the main hospital campus, Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute, which was the venue of many prestigious researches in collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA.

Dr CHUK HEN SHUN Léontine Irène

Vice chairman and founding member of the “Association d’appui à la Radiothérapie et l’Oncologie de Madagascar » (AROM ) Founding member of “African Radiation Oncology Group” (AFROG) member of « Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique » (SFRO) Coordinator of ongoing IAEA project MAG 6005 entitled “Reinforcement of capabilities for cancers struggle in Madagascar,” ( about radiotherapy component). She have published the Malagasy version of « An early breast cancer detection by regulary inspection and palpation method” and more

Mrs Lou Bognon

Lou Bognon is a gifted spiritual healer, dealing mostly with trauma and cancer in its terminal stages. The author of 4 successful books, Lou also carries deep insight into the conditions of our planet at present and how interconnected this is to our own healing.

Pr. Rapelanoro Rabenja F.

Dean-lecturer at the University of Antananarivo, Lecturer at the University of Medecine in Antananarivo Madagascar, specializes in Dermatology, Paedriatrics, Sexual pathology, practises the Telemedecine.

Organizing team

Harinjaka A.

Antananarivo, Madagascar
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    Partenarship Director
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