Pallium India is proud to report that as part of its “We Can, We Should, We Will Conquer Cancer” campaign, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has selected Ms Poonam Bagai as one of two Indian Global Cancer Ambassadors.
Poonam, herself a cancer survivor, is President of CanKids and vice-chair of Pallium India. Her selection as a Global Cancer Ambassador is based on her dedicated work in these areas over the last few years.
During June, along with other select Global Cancer Ambassadors, she will travel to New York to be trained by ACS on meeting with UN mission representatives and decision makers, and on advocating to make cancer a health priority in India and globally.
ACS’s training sessions are in preparation for the UN High-level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCD) prevention and control, which convenes in September 2011. She will also meet with the Indian Mission to the United Nations to put forward specific requests to be presented at the Meeting.
The UN High-level meeting will bring together heads of state and other high level political figures to discuss NCDs (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease) and create international policy guidelines to address NCDs. The Global Cancer Ambassadors are integral to implementing these guidelines.