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INCTR Newsflash - April / May 2012

News in Brief

Ethiopia Pediatric Oncology Program; New Clinical Director


The last month has been a busy one for the Ethiopia Pediatric Oncology Project, in which INCTR-USA has joined forces with Georgetown University Medical Center, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, and the country’s leading medical school and teaching hospital to improve overall pediatric cancer care in the country. Read More



Dr. Anu Agrawal, a pediatric oncologist and member of Texas Children’s Global Health Corps, has agreed to join the project as the clinical director of the Black Lion Hospital ward in Addis Ababa. This hospital will become the focal point in-country for the pediatric oncology fellowship, set to begin in September. Read More




New Annual Review of Cancer in Developing Countries


INCTR and Global Health Dynamics are collaborating on a new annual review publication entitled “Controlling Cancer in Less Developed Economies”. The purpose of the publication will be provide cancer hospitals and research institutions in poorer resourced settings with up to date information on innovation in educational methods, prevention, treatment, organisation of cancer care services (including health system structure and policy), and news of progress in the epidemiology of cancer and approaches to the avoidance of risk factors in order to prevent cancer. Read More



A future champion of pediatric palliative care in Ethiopia


Dr. Damte with Palliative Care team member in MNJIO&RCC, Hyderabad.


Dr. Damte Shimelis, Professor of Pediatric Nephrology at Tikur Ambessa Hospital, Addis Ababa, and a member of the Steering Committee for the INCTR Pediatric Oncology Program in Ethiopia, successfully completed a basic palliative care training course at the INCTR Palliative Access (PAX) Program, in Hyderabad, India this March. According to Dr. Palat, Director of the program, “Dr. Damte was exceptional. He has all the potential to be the champion of pediatric palliative care in Ethiopia.” Dr. Damte has also been accepted for a full scholarship to participate in the Pain Masters Course in Palliative Care to be held in Minnesota, USA in June 2012. More Pictures



Updating the “Pink Book”


On 23rd-27th April, a meeting took place at WHO, Geneva, to continue with the process of updating the popular WHO Guideline “Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide to essential practice” which is often referred to as the “Pink Book”. Dr. Magrath participated in this consultation on behalf of INCTR in the revision of the chapters concerning the treatment of invasive cancer, palliative care, and screening for and treating pre-cancerous lesions. Since the first version was published in 2006, much more information relevant to the control of cervical cancer has become available, hence the need for the update. Read More



Joint INCTR Palliative Care Workshop in Nepal


Attendees of the PC workshop


We are pleased to report that the recent two-day palliative care workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal, was a great success, with over 100 people participating. It was organized jointly by the INCTR Palliative Access (PAX) Program, INCTR-Canada Branch “Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration”, Nepal Network for Cancer Treatment and Research (NNCTR) and Nepal Association of Palliative Care (NAPCare). Read More

Volunteer's Corner 

Volunteers with the Department of Pain and Palliative Care at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center in Hyderabad, India.


During a 6-week period in January – March 2012 Julian Hamfjord (BSc) et Espen Brembo (RN, MSc) volunteered at the Department of Pain and Palliative Care, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center (MNJIORCC) in Hyderabad, India. The hospital is recognized as the center of excellence for palliative care in the state of Andhra Pradesh due to the efforts of the INCTR's Palliative Access (PAX) Program. Read More

INCTR's Appeal

INCTR's Appeal to Cure 250 Children with Burkitt Lymphoma in Africa on GlobalGiving



Please help us to reach our target of $50,000 so that more children with this curable cancer can have access to the care and services they need by donating now. And, thank you to all who have already made a donation!


Latest report by Doctor Friedhelm Forster, Vanga Hospital, Democratic Republic of Congo


The INCTR Overview video is now available.



Dr. Ian Magrath, INCTR President, will host a Symposium on Cancer in the Developing World at the 8th NCRI Cancer Conference on 4th-7th November 2012 in Liverpool, UK. Additional information is available Here.



We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Gayatri Palat, INCTR Pax Program Director India, has been awarded a Diploma in International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative.

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