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MEDICAID CANCER FOUNDATION SUMMIT
Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF) has been complementing government’s efforts in tackling the menace of cancer in Nigeria since 2010. We have engaged in various enlightenment programmes, free cancer screening services and supporting treatment of cancer patients. In 2017, we had our inaugural cancer summit with the theme: “Accurate Data Collection as a Tool for Stimulating Cancer Control in Nigeria.” The summit identified cancer data collection as a major challenge and proposed capacity building for cancer registrars with the aim of establishing at least one population-based cancer registry per state as an immediate actionable solution. Subsequent coordination of the activities of these registries will be the next step towards a national cancer registry in Nigeria.
Consequently, MCF developed a 10-year strategic plan 2017-2027, aimed at improving the quality of cancer data in Nigeria. In this second year of our commitment to improving the quality of cancer data in Nigeria, we are collaborating with the Nigerian National System of Cancer Registries (NSCR) of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and the Global surveillance of cancer survival – the CONCORD programme led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) to incorporate a capacity building workshop for old and new cancer registrars. The CONCORD programme is endorsed by 40 national and international agencies including WHO EURO and the World Bank. This collaboration is in line with MCF’s commitment to improve planning of cancer care in Nigeria using high quality data.
Theme: Surveillance of Cancer Survival in Low Resource Settings: what needs to change