Public Policy

AfrOx will work with and support the Ministries of Health in Sub-Saharan Africa to produce their own national cancer plans. It is essential that national cancer plans be integrated with wider development by African governments to ensure a balanced health system is put in place according to national priorities. Establishing effective, affordable and workable cancer control plans in African countries is one step in the right direction towards limiting this epidemic. AfrOx is also committed to facilitating and participating in policy discussions on cancer in Africa through international and regional conferences.


African Cancer Reform Convention, London, May 2007
The African Cancer Reform Convention was a meeting organized by AfrOx, with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), to discuss cancer control in Africa. It was held in London in May 2007. The aim of this meeting was to create, in partnership with African Ministers of Health, an evidence based, sustainable and resource appropriate action plan to enable the delivery of comprehensive cancer control to African countries.

To read the London Declaration, click here.

To read the African Cancer Reform Convention report, click here

National Cancer Plan for Ghana
A new National Cancer Plan is currently being drafted in Ghana. AfrOx believes that the Ghanaian government must be the driving force to develop and implement cancer control in their country. This is an excellent opportunity for Ghana to be at the forefront of the drive to combat cancer and to set an exemplary example for the region. AfrOx is currently providing advisory support to the Ministry of Health and the national cancer plan committee in Ghana, to assist them with the drafting process. AfrOx aims to work closely with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health to ensure that our programmes fall within the objectives that they identify in the country’s National Cancer Plan. This will help ensure that the in-country programmes we are initiating will be sustainable.

AfrOx Workshop on Health Economics of Cancer Control at AORTIC Conference, 2009
The biennial AORTIC conference was held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, between 11-14 November 2009, and AfrOx sponsored a workshop on “Health Economics of Cancer Control”. This was well attended, had an excellent line of speakers and proved to be highly discursive with significant audience participation. Dr Jeremy Lauer, WHO expert on health economics, presented the fascinating programme of research being followed by his department, contextualizing the Health Economic benefits of a range of cancer interventions ranging from screening to treatment of breast, colorectal and cervical cancer. This presentation was followed by AfrOx Board Member, Dr Innocent Nyaruhirira who gave us a great insight into the many challenges from Rwanda in terms of implementing a cancer control plan. He spoke very positively about AfrOx’s potential and made a strong plea to link UK medical schools with counterparts in Africa. He has shown that over the past 20 years that the majority of African Universities have slipped down the league tables. However, his was a positive message that by taking small steps in partnership that much can be accomplished. Professor David Kerr gave the final talk and engaged the audience in a discussion exploring whether cost effective medicine was second-class medicine. A vigorous debate followed, which led to a consensus that evidence based cancer treatment guidelines for low and middle-income countries would be an invaluable resource. AfrOx hopes to participate in developing such a set of guidelines in collaboration with other international partners.

Filming AORTIC 2009 Conference in Dar-es-Salaam
In November 2009, ecancer, in partnership with AfrOx, filmed at the largest oncology
meeting for Africa, AORTIC 2009 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. During the conference,
twenty-two leading key experts were interviewed about their presentations and views on cancer in Africa and these interviews have been made available for free online. The conference was a great success and this project has helped extend the reach and impact of the AORTIC conference.

Since the interviews have been uploaded on, they have been watched over 10,000 times in 6 weeks. The videos are also being watched through the channel on blinkx, the video sharing website and you tube. AORTIC have also placed a link to the interviews on their website to further promote the content and are sending out information to all the attendees of the conference. Key Google Adwords were purchased to drive traffic to the website and a newsletter was sent out to the ecancer database of 4,000 registered users.

To watch Professor David Kerr’s interview about AfrOx at the AORTIC
conference, click here.

To watch the other interviews from the AORTIC conference, click here

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