Cancer is increasingly recognised as a critical public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa and cancer care is rapidly becoming a public health priority as a consequence. Up to 70% of the predicted 24 million people that will be diagnosed with cancer annually by 2050 will reside in low and middle income countries. Cervical cancer is the second most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of death in African women. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of death among women in Africa.
Surgical pathology is critical for the diagnosis of cancers and central to the provision of clinical and public health services for cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa. Inadequate or sub-standard pathology services can lead to a cycle of delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and ineffective health-care with sever morbidity and mortality.
Organised as part of the 2016 APECSA (Association of Pathologists of East, Central & Southern Africa) Congress meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, this workshop will provide attendees with an introduction to and overview of the recently launched Surgial Pathology Quality Assurance & Quality Control Protocol (SP-QA/QC), which was developed by the African Pathologists Forum (APF) of the African Organisation for Research & Training in Cancer (AORTIC).
The emphasis of the workshop will be on interactive teaching and facilitated discussion, as well as the use of case studies to illustrate key issues, challenges and principles.
Attendees will develop a greater understanding of:
1. The Surgical Pathology QA/QC Protocol;
2. The role of pathology in relation to the diagnosis, treatment and control of cancer in sub-Saharan Africa;
3. The minimum standards required to deliver a reliable and accurate surgical pathology service;
4. The importance of quality assurance and quality control within the laboratory; and
5. How to establish and implement quality assurance and quality control processes within resource limited settings.
Dr Adekunle Adesina, Professor of Pathology, Immunology & Paediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Dr Tarek Elghetany, Professor of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Dr Oyedel Adeyi, Associate Professor of Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada
Dr Vijay Padmanabhan, Professor of Pathology & Immunoloty, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Dr Steffen Hauptmann, Professor of Pathology, FIAC, Institute of Pathology, Hamburg, Germany
This workshop has been accredited by The Royal College of Pathologists (UK) for a maximum of 4 Continuing Professional Development (CPD)/ Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. Certificates of attendance will be issued.