A multi-national Workshop on Cancer Epidemiology meets Infectiology in Africa was jointly hosted by the African Cancer Registry Network, the Institute of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics at the Medical Faculty of Martin-Luther-University-Halle, Germany and the Department of Pathology, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda.
There is a gap in linking cancer control and the high prevalence of infectious diseases which still exists in Africa. The Workshop aimed to facilitate development of a consortium including cancer experts from sub Saharan Africa and infectious diseases scientists, in order to establish a research collaboration linking international experts to tackle the challenges of the increasing number of cancer patients in sub Saharan Africa who have underlying causative infectious diseases. This conference will set the ground for networking, assessment of available information on cancer and its infectious causes, and the exchange of ideas and development of activities.
This workshop helped develop projects linking population-based data on cancer and infectious diseases in Africa to generate hypotheses and identify possible options for interventions. In addition, the AFCRN Member Registries reviewed their activities in 2017-2018 (with a focus on infectious causes of cancer), policies and membership criteria; and plan activities for the Network in 2019.
The Workshop was sponsored by the VolkswagenStiftung Foundation.
15th Oct 2018