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).