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 Health  Kenya Project #26876

Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging

by African Strategies for Advancing Pathology Vetted since 2017
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging
Training African Pathologists in Cancer Staging

Summary

A child in Kenya develops a lump on his face. His mother wants to know what it is. Is it cancer? Can it be cured? Pathology has the answers. Accurate pathological staging is key to quality cancer care. Pathologic diagnosis is also an essential tool in screening and disease prevention programs that contribute to the overall health of communities. This project will train anatomic pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) in current best practices for processing, diagnosing and staging cancers.

$20,000
total goal
$3,675
remaining
54
donors
5
monthly donors
1
year

Challenge

Many Africans have little or no access to pathology services. In cancer, varying standards of training and scarcity of a skilled workforce have resulted in ineffective treatment due to delayed or inaccurate diagnoses. This has also led to erroneous estimates of disease rates. This results in diminished ability of health care systems to plan resource allocation, which in turn results in poorer clinical outcomes.

Solution

Pathology plays a critical role in guiding clinical decisions about patient diagnosis and treatment. By developing and disseminating a training program that covers best current practice for processing, diagnosing and reporting common cancers, this project will improve the ability of the anatomic pathology workforce in SSA to detect and diagnose cancer.

Long-Term Impact

Our organization has conducted research exploring the effectiveness of various training models. The research has proven that this training program often leads to overall improvements within pathology departments, not just in cancer diagnosis. Thus, the project will contribute to general improvement of anatomical pathology laboratories in the participating institutions. This higher performing local pathology workforce will, in addition, be able to assess and train other pathologists in SSA.

Resources

http:/​/​www.pathologyinafrica.org
African Strategies for Advancing Pathology website
Testimonial from an African pathologist

Organization Information

African Strategies for Advancing Pathology

Location: Denver, CO - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @AfricaPath
Project Leader:
Michael Wilson
Denver, CO United States
$16,325 raised of $20,000 goal
 
202 donations
$3,675 to go
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