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The Cancer Registries of Quito and Guayaquil, in Ecuador, Cali in Colombia, Bahia Blanca in Argentina, Barbados, and the National Cancer Institute (INCA) in Brazil participated in a meeting to develop a plan for collaboration between PAHO and the IARC to improve cancer registries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The group identified the following specific goals for the next five years:

 Political

 

 Integration with national healthcare systems (institutionalization)

 

 Integration with other steakholders

 Technical

 

 Developing criteria for ideal cancer registration

 

How to build Cancer Registries in LAC

 

Use of technology for cancer registries

 

The research component as part of the cancer registry activities

 

Methodologies to evaluate cancer registries

 

Improve the country-level estimates to match IARC

 

Country-level organization with responsibility for quality control, resource centre etc.

 Educational/Training

 

Centers of Excellence for training (subregional)  

 

Documenting basic competencies for building cancer-registries

 

When training – to consider all required competencies (e.g. collecting, coding)  

 

Consider external links for registrar accreditation.  

 

Distance-learning as a particular paradigm  

 

In particular, use of university teaching resources and experience as an accreditation source

 Communication

 

Three main languages: Translation of all main publications/information

 

Strengthen communications regarding cancer information at country level 

 

Dissemination of cancer registry information (within country and internationally) 

 

Peer-reviewed information – consider funded journal edition with invited articles (e.g. Pan Am J Public Health); review current LAC journals for possible journal to use; open-access articles

 

The use of health economics as a vehicle for talking to public-health policymakers

 

 Annual meeting

 

 Journal as a vehicle for cancer information in LAC

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 14:11

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