WHAT WE DO
GICR progress - Year 1
The Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (GICR) was launched at the World Cancer Leadersĺ Summit in November 2011. Initial achievements include:
- Establishment of three regional hubs: the regional hub for South, South-East, and East Asia based at Tata Memorial Centre in Mumbai (India) is operational since 2011; the regional hub for Western Asia and Northern Africa based at Izmir Cancer Registry (Turkey), and the regional network hub for sub-Saharan Africa, in collaboration with the African Cancer Registry Network, are planned to become operational in the second half of 2012.
- Negotiations for the setup of the regional hub for Latin America and the Caribbean, foreseen to become operational in 2013.
- Expert visits by Mumbai hub staff to three Asian countries; ad hoc and general support in the use of the free, open source cancer registration software CanReg5 to users all over the world through direct contact, electronic communication and social media.
- Collaborative Research Agreements with registries in three Asian countries; articles in major peer-reviewed journals on regional aspects of cancer; mapping and surveys to update the understanding of cancer registration needs in LMICs.
- Regional training course in cancer epidemiology at the Mumbai hub; collaboration with other major organizations for regional training courses to French-speaking African countries and to Latin American countries. Online training in CanReg5 through a series of webinars.
- Development of advocacy material and activities at major national and international meetings, and with national authorities. Establishment of a "Community of Practice" - a virtual forum for cancer registry professionals to discuss issues related to their work.