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Consultancies in 2016

18th February, Dr Parkin, accompanied by Mrs Biying Liu, visited the Brazzaville Cancer Registry. This was a follow up visit. Aim was to review the status of the registry and to meet with the newly appointed supervisor of the registry (Pr JF Peko).

20-22nd April, Dr Parkin, accompanied by Mrs Gladys Chesumbai from Eldoret Cancer Registry, visited the cancer registry in Mwanza, Tanzania. The purpose of the visit was to review the feasibility of developing a PBCR, based on the work already done in BMC. The general impression was that the situation has been improving. Based on that AFCRN negotiated some financial support from the INCTR Burkitt Lymphoma Treatment Project and provided 8.5 months’ salary to the registrar Mr. Franco Afyusisye (expiring on 31 December 2016). He attended the October training in Kampala. By the end of 2016, the registry must submit their full data for evaluation.

23-24th April, Dr Parkin and Mrs Chesumbai visited the cancer registry in Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. The findings were encouraging but the consultants were not able to assess the quality of the data due to the condition of the data sets (3 separate data sets).  It was then suggested that the registry, with help from Gladys, reorganise their data base in CanReg5. Dr Michael Orest attended the October CanReg 5 training in Kampala.

Ms Chesumbai had helped merged two sets of data during the workshop. But it wasn’t possible to open the 3rd set. Dr Orest promised to send that data after his return.

23-24th May, Dr Parkin visited the Beira Cancer Registry. The conclusion was that since the previous visits/training provided by Dr Goncalo, the work performance of the registrar had improved. But there was still an urgent need for further training in CanReg5. There were errors in the database, the registrar should put in more effort in improving the data quality i.e. to purge duplicates.

25-27th May, Dr Parkin visited the Maputo Cancer Registry. The registry has made considerable progress since last visit (11 months earlier), so that, despite case finding methods that were still evolving, and incomplete data entry, the calculated incidence rates for 2015 were reasonable. As a result, the registry has become the 31st member of the Network. The registry was advised to improve the data collection form and explore additional sources of data. A registrar attended the Oct Kampala CanReg5 training course.

31May – 2 June, Dr Parkin visited the Zambia National Cancer Registry, as part of the collaboration with UICC and the Zambian Government for the development of the cancer control planning. The conclusion of the visit was that the registry has made progress in population-based registration for Lusaka district. However, the registration level was still not as complete as it might have been, possibly due to low staffing levels while having to record the data from the entire country. A new evaluation will be made when the 2014 registration is completed.

13 Oct, Dr Parkin visited the Kampala Cancer Registry. The objective was to learn about the planning for the registry after the foreseeable retirement of the current registry Director.

Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry

Under the leadership of Eric Chokunonga, the Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry provided in-house training to other registries. This year, the ZNCR hosted the team from the Zambia National Cancer Registry (20-22 April) and the Swaziland National Cancer Registry (4-6 April). In house training includes presentation on the Zimbabwe NCR, lectures on basic principles of cancer registry methods, observation of daily work activities, hospital visits, high level discussion about the planning and support for a national cancer registry.  The experience was highly appreciated by the two teams.

Annual Review Meeting 2016

The 4th AFCRN Annual Review Meeting was hosted by the Registre du Cancer de Brazzaville , Brazzaville, Congo Rep of, from 15-17th February 2016.

Minutes the Meeting are pending...

Consultancy 2015

23rd January, Dr Parkin, accompanied by Prof Henry Wabinga and Ms Sarah Nambooze from Kampala Cancer Registry, visited the Gulu Cancer Registry, based in St. Mary Hospital, Lacor. The aim of the visit was to meet with the new registrar (Francis Okongo) and evaluate the quality of data. Despite the delay of funding, the registry is doing reasonably well. The registry was then benefited from one on-site training (by Sarah Nambooze) and one basic training course in Nairobi, Kenya, later during the year. The evaluation team (editors from UK, Nairobi and Kampala) received a more completed set of data in September, and, after review, it was agreed that the registry met the most of the membership criteria of AFCRN, and that provisional membership should be awarded. The Gulu Cancer Registry was admitted to membership in November.


Annual Review Meeting 2015

The 3rd AFCRN Annual Review Meeting was hosted by the Abidjan Cancer Registry, Grand-Bassam, Cote d'Ivoire., from 16-18th February 2015, followed by an academic seminar “Special Workshop: Recording of Stage by cancer registries in Africa” and a presentation on the Female Cancer Studies in Africa (Dr Eva Kantelhardt, Halle University).

The Minister of Health (Ministre de la Santé et de la Lutte contre le Sida de la République de Côte d’Ivoire) Dr Raymonde GOUDOU COFFIE, accompanied by the mayor of Grand Bassam, Dr. Georges P. EZALEY, officiated at the formal Opening Ceremony. She warmly welcomed everyone present. She pointed out that the fight against cancer is a major national task and remains a priority of the Government of Côte d’Ivoire. Her government understands the crucial role of good cancer registration in this fight and she quoted several actions that her government is taking under the national cancer control plan, including cervical screening, tobacco control, HBV vaccination and HPV vaccination. An overview of the Network from Dr. Max Parkin. The report on activities of the AFCRN in 2014 is available from attachments below.


Consultancies 2014

Visits by Dr Max Parkin

On 27–29th January Dr Parkin visited the Namibia National Cancer Registry (NNCR) to advise on cancer registration methodology and to discuss potential collaborations between the Network and the Registry. A Report has been prepared and shared with related professionals. The registry has accepted an invitation to become the 26 member of the Network.

On 19-21st February Dr Parkin, Prof Henry Wabinga (Director of Kampala Cancer Registry) and Sarah Nambooze visited the Gulu Hospital in Uganda following discussions with Dr Martin Ogwang and Dr Ian Magrath (INCTR) to review  the requirements for a population based registry serving the population of Gulu. A Report has been prepared and shared with personnel who concerned. Actions have been seen locally. A two-way training, between Gulu and Kampala cancer registries, has been arranged for Francis Okongo (registrar).

On 2–3rd April, Dr Parkin visited Dr Freddie Bray (IARC), Lyon, France, to discuss the programme and plans for the African Hub under the scheme of GICR.


Annual Review Meeting 2014

The 2nd AFCRN Annual Review Meeting was hosted by the Zimbabwean National Cancer Registry, from 21st - 24th January 2014, in the Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

Dr. Manangazira Portia formally opened the Meeting. This was on behalf of Dr. Gerald Gwinji Secretary for Health and Child Care. Followed by welcome notes from Dr. Margaret Borok Director of Zimbabwe National Cancer Registry and an overview of the Network from Dr. Max Parkin. The report on activities of the AFCRN in 2013 is available from attachments below.

The meeting was attended by the directors/heads or representatives of 22 cancer registry members of AFCRN, consultants and other key partners. Apologies were received from the directors of the Botswana National Cancer Registry and the Niger Cancer Registry. Fifteen Sub-Saharan African countries (Inc. French, Portuguese, and English speaking) were presented.

The purpose of the meeting was to review the Annual Report on the Network’s activities and achievements in 2013, to provide an update on the ongoing work in member registries, to review and discuss the ongoing research projects, and to plan future joint activities in training, advocacy and research in 2014. The Agenda of the meeting is available from attachments below. The meeting format allowed for discussions and constant interaction between members and participants. The minute of this ARM will be available soon.

The Advisory Committee of the Network (representing IACR, IARC and UICC) met on the third day (23rd Jan), to consider the results of the ARM and advise the secretariat accordingly. Apologies from Dr. Jean-Marie Dangou from WHO. A separate minute of this meeting has been prepared.

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