The 3-day training which is managed by the British Council in partnership with the London Royal College of Physicians will take the physicians through the essentials for early diagnosis of cancer, aspects of prevention, principles of treatment and the key aspects of holistic management.
8.2 million People die annually from cancer, an estimated 13% of all deaths worldwide according to WHO.
Despite all of the deaths caused by cancer in sub-Saharan Africa, the cancer burden is predicted to double by 2030.
The programme is part of EADB’s long-term plan to equip doctors in district hospitals across Kenya and East Africa with the skills to effectively and promptly diagnose cancer and neurological disorders and facilitate early interventions either at the point of contact or by referral for advanced medical care.
A mixed faculty who will be led by Professor Walter Mwanda, professor of haematology, University of Nairobi and Dr Ruth Board, Medical Oncologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will all be part of the 3-day program.
Vivienne Yeda hopes that the programme will lead to better health for the people of East Africa and ease the growing burden that non-communicable diseases put on the economies of East Africa
Up until now, 70 physicians have participated in the Oncology and Neurology Training and Fellowship programme across East Africa this year with another 150 scheduled to undergo the training before the end of the year.