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AFCRN Research Committee

AFCRN Joint Response to External requests for Cancer Registry data.

A cancer registry is only making a valuable contribution when its data are being used for surveillance, health care planning and evaluation and research into cancer cause, prevention, and care. Member registries welcome the opportunity to collaborate in programmes of evaluation and research. Currently, network members are engaged in a number of collaborative projects, involving researchers from institutes in the USA, Germany, and UK.

Researches and Collaborations


IARC. The official partnership between AFCRN and IARC continues. AFCRN provides the facilities and features of a “Regional Hub” for sub-Saharan Africa, as part of the Global initiative for Cancer Registration (GICR). The capacity of AFCRN to undertake this work is supported through funds received via a contract (APW - Agreement for Performance of Work). Up to August 31st, this included funds provided by The GAVI Alliance (the “Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation”), the National Cancer Institute of France (INCa) and a contribution of $23,000 from CDC to IARC. A new contract for 2014/2015, starting on 1st September, was agreed. Dr Parkin has been given the status of an IARC “Senior Visiting Scientist” which enables him to negotiate contracts through IARC.


American Cancer Society (ACS). Following the AFCRN database update, the preparation of monograph ‘Cancer in Africa’, in collaboration with IARC, funded by ACS has begun. An editorial board has been established. The first set of draft tables has been produced, and in undergoing editorial review.

A joint research project STUDY OF BREAST CANCER SIZE & STAGE in AFRICAN CANCER REGISTRIES. The protocol and data collection form were completed, and 10 registries took part: Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Mauritius, Ibadan (Nigeria), PROMEC (SA), Nairobi (Kenya), Registre de Cancer de Guinee, Zimbabwe NCR, Brazzaville (Congo) and Kumasi (Ghana). Data analysis has completed. Responsible researcher Dr Joannie Tieulent at ACS (Atlanta).


AFCRN Database. As agreed at the ARM in Victoria Falls (Jan 2014), the database comprising a listing of case records (anonymous) from each AFCRN member has been updated. Under a Research Agreement with IARC, the latter organisation has agreed to host the database. Contributing to the database is a criteria for membership of AFCRN and all members, except Rwanda and Tanzania cancer registries, have submitted. Access for research studies will be via request to the AFCRN Research Committee. The project is undertaking by Dr Robai Gakunga (contracted to 30th May).

Research Coordinator

We are pleased to have Dr Eva Kantelhardt from the Martin Luther-Universität Halle act as the Research Coordinator of the African Cancer Registry Network. This is a recognition of her contribution to the Network on various research projects. Should you have questions for Dr Kantelhardt, please contact AFCRN secretariat.

Eva J. Kantelhardt, MD
Institut for Medical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Informatics
and Department of Gynaecology
Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale)
financial support by:

  • the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF),
  • the German Ministry for Economic and Development Cooperation (BMZ) through the ESTHER University and Hospital Partnership Inintiative of German International Cooperation (GIZ),
  • the Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung, and
  • Martin-Luther-University intramural grants.