Basic Training Course in French

Location/Host: Abidjan Cancer Registry, Côte d’Ivoire
Dates: 11–29 August 2014
Countries of students: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal
The first basic training course for French-speaking cancer registrars in sub-Saharan Africa was held on 11–29 August 2014 in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. Organized by the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN) and hosted locally by the Ivorian Committee Team for Cancer Control and the Ivorian Cancer Registry, it provided essential basic training in cancer registration methodology. The programme included the basics of human anatomy and pathology of cancer, as well as the principles and methods of cancer registration, coding and classification, and training on using the CanReg5 software from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC/WHO, Lyon, France). Twelve cancer registry staff (nine international and three local) from eight francophone countries were trained at the course.

Despite the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in neighbouring countries, the course was carried out successfully. The course was well received and appreciated by both the students and their institutes.

A quote from a thank-you email from one of the participants:

“As mentors in the training of cancer registry technicians from francophone Africa, you guided us on this long walk through the garden of knowledge. I assure you that your teachings will remain with me forever."

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