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American NGOs join cancer fight in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania

BY Tom Mugisha, tom.mugisha@alleastafrica.com

KAMPALA – Three American organisations have joined the fight against the deadly cancer disease with more resources and training facilities in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

Norvitas, the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Cancer Society issued a joint statement on Wednesday that they would jointly “devise a common approach” to improve access to cancer treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“Each partner brings unique expertise in cancer diagnosis and treatment. This complements the work the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is doing to improve access to affordable, quality-approved oncology medicines in the region,” the statement reads.

American Society for Clinical Pathology will build healthcare capacity for immuno-histochemistry (IHC) analysis in two hospital laboratories in Ethiopia and Tanzania while the American Cancer Society l support training of healthcare professionals in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda.

“This is to ensure quality processes in the transportation of biopsy samples and in the administration of chemotherapy. Novartis will provide funding to support the technical work,” the statement says

Cancer is on the rise in Sub-Saharan Africa. Approximately 650,000 people in Africa develop cancer annually, and about 510,000 cancer deaths occur annually due to limited treatment.

More than one third of cancer deaths in Africa are from cancers that are easily preventable and/or treatable, if detected early.

“A medicine is only as good as the system that delivers it,” said Dr. Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business. “Through our catalytic funding, we target projects that have an impact on healthcare providers and support patients through their journey. We hope this collaboration will provide earlier and more effective diagnosis to cancer patients, improving the likelihood for better health outcomes.”

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1 comment

rezen Nov 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm

Subject: “American NGOs join cancer fight in Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania” BY Tom Mugisha, Nov 16, 2017“

Commentary, 16 Nov. 2017
Needless to say, cooperative arrangement of exchanging ideas in all fields of endevour is very important. In particular, cooperation in the field of medicine — needless to say — is ESSENTIAL

The problem arises when the recipient party is permanently on a “crutch” without any sign of improvement and advancement. AFRICA IS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE. This is because the EDUCATION SYSTEM in all fields of endeavor was never geared to develop the analytical Mind of the African Child. Instead, the African Child was pushed to MEMORIZE without THINKING. Under colonial environment the Africans have always been viewed as just slaves to obey the civilized and superior race of Europe. That attitude is still true to this day.

Let us go back to the specific topic of the Article. The last paragraph of the Article is worth quoting:
QUOTE: “A medicine is only as good as the system that delivers it,” said Dr. Harald Nusser, Head of Novartis Social Business. “Through our catalytic funding, we target projects that have an impact on healthcare providers and support patients through their journey. We hope this collaboration will provide earlier and more effective diagnosis to cancer patients, improving the likelihood for better health outcomes.” UNQUOTE
It is an honest sober advice — especially the first sentence. The African medical institutions must try their best to be ‘the Master’ of their own House — always demanding to have the best and meaningful education system through which other specialized area would be undertaken, not by mimicking, without thinking, but through indigenous analytical process. This is NOT to oppose cooperation, but to avoid being mimicker and hopeless.

Africa has been deeply damaged by Colonial Forces for century. Africa must strive to be MENTALLY FREE and independent. THE END

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