Session report from 2 October 2018, 14h20-15h20, Room 409. Session chaired by Carolyn Taylor, Global Focus on Cancer (United States)
This session was chaired by the moderator, Carolyn Taylor, Global Focus on Cancer (United States) who highlighted the need for an improved and sustainable healthcare systems for better outcomes.
Fabio Moraes, University of Toronto (Canada), made a presentation about Bridging the gap in radiation oncology in Latin America in which he noted that cancer is on the rise due to growing or ageing population. The radiation (RT) is expensive and unaffordable for low- and middle-income countries that led to a growth in mortality as lack of access to RT. He emphasized the need to improve access to clinical care, education and research is crucial to close the gap. He further extended that greater effort from the government is necessary.
Following, Miriam Mutebi from Aga Khan University Hospital (Kenya) spoke about 'Building an equitable health workforce from the ground up'. She stressed the disparities in distribution of services in West Africa where only 1% registered women surgeons are currently present. Knowing that surgery is one of the major pillars of cancer care, her group is providing a support network across Africa which subsequently increased the interest in the national surgery association for women.
Christian Ntizimira, Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organisation (Rwanda) highlighted the points about the Transcultural Palliative Care: considerations for equitable and contextually relevant delivery in global health. According to him palliative care is all about sense of humanity and dignity for the patients. He further added that it provides an integrative stance to ensure that intervention care is contexually relevant and individualized to meet cultural needs.
In conclusion, the chair noted that sustainable healthcare system is needed worldwide and global leaders should play their role to make it a success.
News story contributed by Logeswary Krisnan