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World Bank Report: Cancer Knowledge Exchange

“In 2010, the economic costs of productivity losses combined with treatment costs for cancer were estimated to be US$1.6 trillion. If action is not taken now, future costs will be exorbitant. While some cancer control programs have been initiated, including cervical cancer screening, human papillomavirus (HPV), vaccination, and cancer specialty care centers, comprehensive coverage with the full range of services remains low across Africa […] Given that African countries face common challenges and can benefit from sharing knowledge and learning from one another’s experiences developing and implementing interventions to address the growing burden of cancer, a South-South Knowledge Exchange was initiated.”

Over a period of 18 months, the Cancer Care and Control South-South Knowledge Exchange hosted by the World Bank and the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) brought together a group of global technical experts from five countries in Africa — Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia– to share experiences, lessons and good practices on cancer care and control through a set of video conferences and a site visit to Zambia.

All five countries of the Knowledge Exchange aimed to raise awareness, increase knowledge of effective strategies, and strengthen regional collaboration in cancer control planning and expanding equitable access to cancer treatment. Countries throughout Africa face similar challenges, and can learn from regional successes and experiences in trying to identify cost effective ways to organize, deliver and finance critical cancer care and control interventions.

Topics addressed included:

  • Overview of cancer in Africa
  • Cancer care and control continuum
  • Cancer registries and information systems
  • Cancer control planning and programming
  • Cancer prevention in Africa with a focus on cervical cancer
  • Early detection, cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Increasing access to palliative care
  • Increasing access to an essential cancer package
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Opportunities for regional collaboration

The report provides an executive summary of key messages across each of those themes, as well as an expanded report with overview information on disease burden, and examples of best practices among countries and collaborators represented.

Program models and case studies include:

  • National cancer control programs in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Zambia
  • Uganda’s experience with the Kampala Cancer Registry
  • Cervical cancer related programs in Rwanda, Zambia, Botswana
  • Specialist training programs in pathology (Kenya) and radiation therapy (Zambia)
  • Palliative care efforts in Kenya, Botswana, and Rwanda
  • Financing and public-private partnerships in Ghana and Kenya

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