7-18 January, Cecile Ingabire conducted an evaluation on the Ouagadougou Cancer Registry. Together with the staff from the OCR, Ms Ingabire visited numbers of source of data in Ouagadougou, reviewed the case finding methods, met with the relevant stakeholders to discuss the childhood cancer registration project. Subsequently set the stage for restarting cancer registration in Ouagadougou.
5-15 February, Ms Ingabire performed the same activities with the Abidjan Cancer Registry team for the childhood cancer registration project.
7-18 May, Ms Ingabire performed the same activities with the Brazzaville Cancer Registry team in Congo. Cecile travelled to six sites to improve the completeness and quality of the data collection.
8-18th January, Mr Eric Chokunonga (Zimbabwe National CR), accompanied by Mr Nathan Okerosi (Nairobi CR), preformed an in-depth inspection in two Tanzania district, following the discussion after the first round visits in November 2017. These two districts were Dodoma Municipal district and the Mbeya (Mbeya City and Mbeya district). The outcome was that AFCRN should support the establishment of the cancer registry in Mbeya Refferal Hospital, using the money from Bloomberg. The decision of whether to use the limited funding on Dodoma or on Dar es Salaam lies in the hands of the MoH of Tanzania (TBC).
Dr Parkin evaluated the Zambia National Cancer Registry on 15-17 January. The visit was undertaken as the final review of the UICC-funded project to improve cancer registration, specifically to create a population-based registry for Lusaka district. Conclusion was that after 40 years, there is finally a population based registry in Zambia capable of producing incidence rates that can be used to prepare national estimates of incidence, mortality and prevalence. If the Lusaka registry remains, the next phase will be to replicate the model in other provincial centres – one at a time. The experience of the Lusaka staff will be invaluable in training ad supervising such expansion.
Dr Parkin visited the Ouagadougou Cancer Registry (Burkina Faso) from 18 – 21 March. It was observed that the ministre de la Santé was very supportive and the staff were passionate about the work. The Sanofi Espoir Foundation has provided the funding for the refurbishment of registry premises.