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Roche Announces Joint Initiative to Train Healthcare Workers in Africa's Fight Against Cancer
Date:4/28/2010

e workers in oncology has  been cited as one of the key barriers to improved healthcare.

In addition to financial support, Roche will work with the IAEA to identify potential opportunities for Roche employees in particular roles to share their skills and expertise to help facilitate and implement the training initiative.

The partners have committed to a five-year plan, working together to drive participation from healthcare workers in the key countries and beyond. EDUCARE aims to reach over 200 healthcare workers in the first year of the programme.

The launch of the EDUCARE initiative will be marked with an initial meeting scheduled for May, involving the IAEA, Roche, the World Health Organization (WHO) and participating pilot country representatives.

About the project

The EDUCARE programme will be governed and managed by an expert steering committee of representatives from Roche, the IAEA and WHO. The first priorities will focus on:

  • Establishing a regional training network by linking cancer centres of competence within the pilot countries and conducting cross-training through the network;
  • The design and implementation of a cancer control curricula that is appropriate for the specific needs of the region;
  • Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCC): Implementing a web based portal for delivery of curriculum content and establishing a certification process.

The programme will initially focus on four pilot countries: Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. These countries will be able to learn from each other and transfer cancer control s
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