I first learned about the growing necessity for NCD screening and care during my December 2011 trip to Rwanda with FACE AIDS and PIH.
At that point, the now-functioning Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence was a a work in progress. The Butaro Center, being rural East Africa’s first comprehensive cancer center, serves a symbol of what can be done with proper funding and will. Yet, this model and the growing recognition of NCDs as a major issue in resource limited areas, has brought one central question to the forefront of this movement: why isn’t chronic illness (such as cancer) screening integrated into primary care services in a more widespread, efficient manner?
While this question is one that I don’t have a solid answer for, I am using it as a framework for further research on this topic, and I invite you to do the same or take on some of the other recurring questions I’ve seen asked: What is the role of local educational institutions in creating cancer-care providers (such as oncologists, nurses, etc.) in order to allow long-term growth in cancer care infrastructure? Increasingly, how are non-profit organizations across the globe taking on provision of cancer-care and screening services, and what does the future of public sector-nonprofit sector partnerships in provision of these services look like?
For more in-depth, or area specific information on these topics, here are some potential links of interest:
The very complex topic of NCD screening and care provision, especially in resource limited settings, is one to watch.