Cancer is always a serious challenge to face. For the people of Sub-Saharan Africa, the situation is exponentially more difficult. In this region of the world, cancer takes more lives due to limited availability of screening, laboratories, and pathologists.
Yet there is hope. One of the key campaigns of the ASCP Foundation is the “Global Health Fund,” which directly supports ASCP’s Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa initiative. The Partners initiative is a collaborative effort supporting the implementation of telepathology and immunohistochemistry (IHC) staining at the Uganda Cancer Institute.
“Through Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa, the availability of second opinions through the telepathology will improve the diagnostic skills of trainees and pathologists in Uganda. This will improve patient safety in confident patient care based on accurate results,” says Robert Lukande, MMed, Histopathologist and President of the Association of Pathologists of East, Central and Southern Africa (APECSA).
Great strides are being made, but the need for additional funding is urgent. To learn more about the ASCP Foundation, please visit www.ascp.org/foundation.