INCTR USA Launches Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia

INCTR USA, in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, recently launched an initiative to build capacity to treat childhood cancer in Ethiopia.

This collaborative project, led by Dr. Aziza Shad, President, INCTR USA, is a 3 year pilot program to improve pediatric cancer survival rates in Ethiopia. A country with 83 million people, Ethiopia has no trained pediatric oncologists and its cancer survival rates are estimated to be less than 10%.

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Rhabdo Patient Tikur Anbessa (Black Lion) Hospital Pediatric Ward , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia aug 6th 2010 (Credits ML Cohen)

The program seeks to improve pediatric cancer survival rates through the training of health care professionals to deliver protocol-based treatment for children with highly curable cancers and by ensuring the availability of drugs and equipment necessary for the treatment of these cancers. The program will also include the development of appropriate palliative care and pain management services for pediatric cancer patients. Craig Lustig, Program Manager, INCTR USA (eb.rtcni|gitsulc#eb.rtcni|gitsulc)

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