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Site Visit

Location: Lubumbashi Cancer Registry, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Consultant: Dr Max Parkin
Dates: 13–16 October 2013

Currently, there is no cancer registry in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Professor Julien Ilunga and other clinicians and pathologists conducted a study on the incidence of cancers diagnosed in the various services, but there are no figures on the relative incidence of cancer in a defined population. For this reason, Dr Max Parkin and Dr Louise Ekobena-Ekobo carried out a consultant visit of evaluation at the invitation of Professor Ilunga to discuss the establishment of a cancer registry in Lubumbashi.

After this visit, a staff member (Papy Gael Mfunyi Muluma) from the Ligue Congolaise contre le Cancer attended the first AFCRN basic training course for French-speaking cancer registrars in sub-Saharan Africa, held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (11–29 August 2014). During the next review visit, progress in establishing a population-based registry for this city in the south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be evaluated.

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