INCTR UK Meets with Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt

Mr. Mark Lodge, Director of INCTR UK and Director of INCTR’s Evidence Base Program, met with Dr. Yehia Halim Zaki on June 26th at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. Dr. Zaky is the Head of the Academic & Cultural Affairs' Sector of the library. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss a collaborative project that will establish an Eastern Mediterranean database of cancer control literature. WHO has predicted that the countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) will experience the highest global increase in cancer incidence over the next twenty years.
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Mr. Mark Lodge (INCTR UK), Dr. Yehia Halim Zaky, Ms. Lara El Mallakh (Head), Ms. Shaimaa El-Fadaly (the Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

There is an urgent need to put cancer control on a more scientific footing within the region and to learn lessons from research in order to ensure that health care interventions are of practical use. The published evidence from research studies conducted in the EMR is currently scattered across several databases, and much of its quality is unknown. INCTR is discussing with Bibliotheca Alexandrina, NCI Cairo and WHO how to pull together all the reports of cancer control studies that are relevant to EMR and how to make them accessible to clinical practitioners, researchers and policymakers.

This project has the support of the WHO Cancer Division and WHO Knowledge Management and Sharing Division. INCTR is already identifying the published cancer control literature for Egypt, supported by funding from Elsevier plc. Discussions will take place in the near future with the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region Office (EMRO) on how this national project might be rolled out across the EMR. INCTR’s status as an NGO in official relations with WHO will play a key role in the development of the EMR Evidence Base project. The project marks a significant strengthening of the co-operative links between the two organizations.

This INCTR Evidence Base Program initiative is an important foundation for the future development of evidence-based cancer control and research in the EMR. Creating a single identifiable evidence base will save researchers, clinicians and guideline developers much time and effort and, by improving access to locally reported research and facilitating the writing of systematic reviews, will raise the profile and quality of scientific research in the EMR.

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