The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) within the framework of the Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR), announced that the Nairobi Population-Based Cancer Registry has become an IARC-GICR Collaborating Centre for training in cancer registration in sub-saharan Africa.
On 17th November, the official inauguration took place in Nairobi, Kenya in the presence of key stakeholders, including representatives from the Ministry of Health of Kenya, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the National Cancer Institute of Kenya, and international partners including the World Health Organization (WHO), the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN), and Vital Strategies.
The development will focus on training to build capacity in cancer registration and will benefit from the registry’s long-standing expertise in cancer registration and KEMRI’s dedicated facilities and expertise in education.
It also seeks to provide support for regional training courses and the implementation and development of the CanReg5 software, which is used by all AFCRN members to input, store, check, and analyse population-based cancer registry data.
Since the inception of the GICR, the IARC has partnered with the ARFCN to provide a network Regional Hub for cancer registration in sub-saharan Africa.