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EADB to train 600 cancer specialists in the region

EADB to train 600 cancer specialists in the region EADB to train 600 cancer specialists in the region

The fight against non communicable diseases and in particular cancer and neurogical disorders in East Africa has got a boost with the launch of a medical scheme by the East African Development Bank to train 600 physicians in the next four years.

The East African Development Bank (EADB) Medical Training and Fellowships Programme, which will be managed by the British Council in partnership with the London Royal College of Physicians intends to train the East African physicians on early detection, research and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders in areas where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge.

The World Health Organization estimates that 8.2 million people die annually from cancer, an estimated 13% of all deaths worldwide. Despite an estimated 456 000 deaths caused by cancer in sub-Saharan Africa in 2012 and a cancer burden that is predicted to double by 2030, the region accounts for only 0·3% of worldwide medical expenditure for cancer. Challenges to cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa include a shortage of clinicians and training programmes, weak healthcare infrastructure, and inadequate supplies.

The Director General of the East African Development Bank Ms. Vivienne Yeda said: “The East African Community with a population of more than 135 million has great economic potential, but non-communicable diseases are a major threat to this region achieving socio-economic development due to the prevalence of such diseases due to the fact that the ratio of doctor to population in the region is far below the UN standards.”

“Through the East Africa Development Bank Medical Training and Fellowship Programme, we hope over the long term to equip doctors in district hospitals across East Africa with the skills to effectively and promptly diagnose cancer and neurological disorders and facilitate early interventions either at the point of contact or by referral for advanced medical care. This is an additional investment in the growing list of interventions by the bank to boost skill and capacity to key sectors of the East African economy,” Ms. Yeda added.

The East African Development Bank (EADB) Medical Training and Fellowships Programme is addition to other such programmes supported by the bank including a scholarship programme for teachers and capacity building programme for East African public sector lawyers in the field of Oil and Gas.

In the first 3 years of the project, the fellowship programme will conduct a series of East-Africa based residential 5 day training courses in neurology and oncology which will be delivered by a mixed faculty from the UK and East Africa. This will be complemented by a two-year specialist academic and clinical training in the UK for a select number of high cadre doctors in these two disciplines.

The British Council Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa, Mandy Johnson said: “We are delighted that this Programme will create opportunities for doctors within the East African region who aspire to specialize in the medical disciplines of oncology and neurology and whose training will bring much needed skills to their communities. We are pleased that the partnership with the EADB and the Royal College of Physicians brings the best of the East Africa and the UK and will lead to a rich exchange of skills, expertise and experience between the people of the UK and East Africa. We hope that the programme will lead to better health for the people of East Africa and ease the growing burden that non-communicable diseases put on the economies of East Africa.”


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The East African Development Bank and the British Council, in partnership with the Royal College of Physicians (London), have launched a medical training and fellowships programme to train 600 doctors in the next four years.

According to East African Development Bank director general Vivienne Yeda, the training will boost the medical fraternity’s capacity to fight non-communicable diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders.

The focus of the East African Development Bank fellowships programme will be on early detection, research and treatment of cancer and neurological disorders in areas where access to qualified professionals remains a challenge,” she said.

The training comes at a time when the number of cancer cases worldwide is expected to surge by 75 per cent in the next two decades, according to WHO Cancer Research. Deaths from cancers have been on the increase, with 50 Kenyans dying daily from various forms of cancer. The trend is the same across East Africa, with the main cause associated with lack of treatment facilities and expertise for treatment, prevention and early detection.

We hope over the long term to equip doctors in district hospitals with the skills to effectively and promptly diagnose cancer and neurological disorders and facilitate early interventions either at the point of contact or by referral for advanced medical care,” added Yeda.

She said the programme is an additional investment by the bank to boost skill and capacity in key sectors of the East African economy.

British Council regional director for sub-Saharan Africa Mandy Johnson said the programme will create opportunities for doctors within the East African region who aspire to specialise in the medical disciplines of oncology and neurology and whose training will bring much-needed skills to their communities.

We are pleased that the partnership with the EADB and the Royal College of Physicians brings the best of East Africa and the UK and will lead to a rich exchange of skills, expertise and experience between the people of the UK and East Africa,” she said.

Source: http://www.mediamaxnetwork.co.ke/business/243337/eadb-partners-organisations-to-train-cancer-doctors/

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