Representatives from IAEA, WHO and IARC took part in the “National Strategic Planning Workshop on Cancer Control in El Salvador” in San Salvador from the 19th-21st July 2016.
Activities are part of a Joint Project that is expected to provide coordinated and harmonized action between UN system agencies and their partners to support national cancer control priorities as well as to raise awareness and resources for comprehensive cancer control at the global level.
Cancer registration, one of the priorities selected by the government of El Salvador, is supported through GICR.
In the framework of the First International Conference on Cancer Bioinformatics in Central America, which took place on 15–17 October in El Salvador, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) organized a one-day comprehensive cancer registry course. The course was attended by more than 50 health professionals from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, involved in the development of cancer registration initiatives in their respective countries. Currently, none of these countries has an established population-based cancer registry.
On the last day of the conference, each country presented the opportunities, difficulties, main plans and activities in order to make advances in cancer registration. Dr Eduardo Gharzouzi from the Guatemala National Cancer Institute (Instituto Nacional de Cancerología; INCAN) referred to the establishment of a population-based cancer registry in Guatemala, an activity that is supported by the United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) and IARC through the establishment of a recent Collaborative Research Agreement.