INCTR USA has undergone some significant changes in the last year. A new Board of Directors was elected at the end of 2009 and in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric Hematology Oncology, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program at the Lombard i Comprehens ive Cancer Center, Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, recently launched a major 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 Rhabdo Patient Tikur: Anbessa (Black trained pediatric oncologists and its cancer survival Lion) Hospital Pediatric Ward, Addis rates are estimated to be less than 10'7'0. Ababa, Ethiopia Aug 6th 2010 (Credits
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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.

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