JEDDAH, 24th March, 2016 (WAM) — The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, announced today that the wives of the Kings and Presidents of the Islamic world will hold a special meeting on the sidelines of the 13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference, hosted in the Turkish city of Istanbul, from 10th to 15th of April, 2016.

The subject of the session will be on the wives of Kings and Presidents’ efforts to fight cancer in OIC members states in a step that is the first of its kind at the level of Islamic Summit Conferences of OIC member states.

Maha Mustafa Aqil, Director of the Information Department of the OIC, said in a statement today that the special session is aimed at creating and promoting awareness of the growing burden of cancer in member states of the OIC and ways to facilitate access to effective prevention of this disease, its diagnosis and treatment, and care of persons suffering from it. It will also look at identifying ways and means by which the wives of Kings and Presidents can further strengthen their leadership role for effective treatment of the disease and save lives.