Olufemi Ogunbiyi (Ibadan, Nigeria)
Timothy Rebbeck (Boston, USA)
Steering Committee members:
Miriam Mutebi (Nairobi, Kenya)
Oseremen Aisuodionoe-Shadrach (Abuja, Nigeria)
Diakite Brehima (Bamako, Mali)
Michael Mwatsuma Mwachiro (Nairobi, Kenya)
Mohamed Jalloh (Dakar, Senegal)
Lúcio Lara Santos (Porto, Portugal)
Chioma Asuzu (Ibadan, Nigeria)
Sakina Eltom (Nashville, USA)
Reducing the burden of cancer in African populations requires that we apply current available scientific knowledge in treating, screening, and preventing cancers. Scientific research and new intervention strategies will be required to determine how best to intervene in low-resource countries and communities. Results from African-based studies will have broad public health and policy implications for African people.
Adequate numbers of trained oncologists and other health care professionals, oncology nurses, radiotherapists, pathologists and technical staff are critical members of the health care team and are needed to help within-country efforts to develop effective cancer control programs. Continuing medical education training for health care workers and public health information and dissemination programs will be required.
Strategies are needed in the health system workforce to reverse the “brain-drain” of health care professionals, scientists, and technical support workers from Africa to developed countries.
The initial focus of research will be on cancers outlined in AORTIC’s strategic plan. An evaluation program will be put into place to ascertain the level and degree to which specific goals and objectives are accomplished. Collaborations with African-based and international organizations, NGOs and businesses will be central to the success of these efforts and will be pursued.