Pathology

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:

  • Workforce
  • Facilities and equipment
  • Immunohistology
  • 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.

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