Tutorials in Hematopathology in Two African Countries

Tutorials in hematopathology were held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from September 5th-7th and in Nairobi, Kenya from September 8th and 10th. The main objective of both tutorials was to improve communication among the disciplines involved in hematopathology. Hematologists, pathologists, and technicians were invited to attend. Local teams from Dar es Salaam and Nairobi were involved in the design of the content of the program for the tutorials to ensure that it was relevant to the participants. There were plenary sessions for all participants. Because of the diversity of the audience, parallel sessions for each group – technologists and hematologists/ pathologists were also held. The principles of hematopathology were covered in the plenary sessions and case presentations were discussed with the hematologists and pathologists. Demonstrations of the preparation of the procedures for the preparation of bone marrow smears and peripheral blood for cytochemistry and immunohistochemistry were given to the technicians. On-going support using iPath was offered to all participants.

Thanks to the UICC International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship (ICRETT) and with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health under Contract NO2-CO-41101, the International Academy of Pathologists (IAP), the OHAM; Office of HIV and AIDS Malignancy, Leica Microsystems, Labulax - Labulax Supplies Limited and Merck Millipore.

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