Global Oncology: Development of a Comprehensive Pediatric Cancer Care Program in Tanzania
KRISTIN SCHROEDER, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Global Health
About the lecture
In September 2018, the WHO announced the Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer with the goal of reaching at least a 60% survival rate for children with cancer by 2030 through increased cancer awareness and expanding the capacity of countries to deliver best practice in childhood cancer care. In Tanzania, a country of 51 million people, there was only one full-time pediatric cancer specialist and a single hospital treating children with cancer. Survival rates were less than 30%-compared to over 85% here in the US. This talk will cover the expansion of pediatric cancer care in Tanzania over the past five years through the Duke Global Cancer Program, including the development of diagnostic and treatment capacity, a patient support infrastructure, and local community engagement. It will also highlight future collaborative opportunities for the Duke community.
Lunch will be provided. This event is part of Think Global, a weekly lecture series at the Duke Global Health Institute. It is free and open to the public. Parking for Trent Hall is available in the Duke Medicine Circle Parking Garage, located at 302 Trent Drive.