The AORTIC Pathology SIG is ably led by Professor Adekunle Adesina. The inaugural AORTIC Pathology Summit, “Building International & Local Bridges in Pathology”, 22 & 23 March 2013, in Dakar, Senegal. This landmark gathering of African Pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora as well as international stakeholders are committed to move the African Pathology agenda forward.
Presentations at this summit can be found here: Resources.
The 2nd Pathology and Oncology in Africa conference, “Education and Training for the Future in Cancer Research” was held in Mwanza, Tanzania, 25 & 26 June 2015. This meeting represented the first in a series of regional meetings following the Summit organized by AORTIC in Dakar, Senegal in 2015.
Introduction: The Value of Pathology
- Benefit to clinical services;
- Inform cancer control efforts;
- Aid the development and implementation of national cancer control plans;
- Support cancer registration;
- Support research on a number of levels, including epidemiology, basic science, clinical trials, and translational research.
Issues for Pathology in Africa
Pathology infrastructure is inadequate:
- Facilities and equipment
- Supply chain breaks lead to inadequate resource availability.
- Clinicians adapt their clinical practice to exclude pathology.
- Protocols and QA/QC practices may not be optimal.