Rahmatu Hassan

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An active member of the Nigerian Cancer Society, since 2002, she is married with children, and holds the traditional title of Sarauniyan Zazzau Suleja, a title that originates from the historical Queen Amina of Zazzau.


Dr Rahmatu Yahaya Hassan retired in May 2017 from the Federal Civil Service at the Federal Ministry of Health whilst serving as the then National Coordinator of the National Cancer Control Programme[NCCP] in Nigeria. While in that capacity she midwifed the development of several key National cancer control policies prominent of which are • 2017 -2021 Nigerian National Strategic Plan for the control of cervical cancer in Nigeria 2016-2020, a residency training Programme for Clinical Medical Physicists, and an ongoing National Strategic Plan for Cancer control [2018 -2022]. She also designed the official logo of the NCCP, which was approved by the Federal Ministry of Health for use of that entity in its cancer control activities. In addition, she has co-edited a book detailing cancer registry data in Nigeria entitled “Cancer in Nigeria 2008 - 2012” which was published by the Federal Ministry of Health in 2016. She has harnessed the editing of a book entitled ‘Cancer registries in Nigeria’, that has just been published by the Federal Ministry of Health in August 2018. Before joining the Federal Civil Service in 2011, Dr Rahmatu , was a lecturer at the College of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University from 1991 – 2010, a one-time Chairman Medical Advisory Committee of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital from 2001-2002, and the immediate past Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi [2002 -2010]. Whilst at the Federal Medical Centre Birnin Kebbi, she set up in 2006, a School of Optical Dispensing Technology, the first of its kind in Africa.


She currently serves as the Chief Consultant to Asfar Medicals, a capacity building and health systems programme coordination Consultancy outfit.
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Local efforts to prioritise cancer care by identifying specific cancer challenges within countries, supported by accurate data collection and analysis.  In collaboration with the Partnership for the Eradication of Cancer […]