Collaborating with low- and middle-income countries: Experience from two of the United Kingdom's comprehensive cancer centers
Stanway, S. J.
Cowan, Richard A
AffiliationRoyal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London
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Abstractackground: The number of annual global cancer deaths is rising and the majority of this burden, for a multitude of reasons, falls in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs). With the United Nations’ 3rd and 17th Sustainable Development Goals in mind (which include by 2030 “reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases” and “partnership for the goals”) a survey was undertaken at the UK’s two largest comprehensive cancer centres to scope individual and team endeavours to work with colleagues in less well-resourced countries. Methods: Employees at the Royal Marsden Foundation Trust (RM) and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London and Surrey, UK and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust (Christie), Manchester were invited to complete a survey to capture collaborative clinical care, research, education and training. Results: Responses were received from 520 multidisciplinary individuals across the 2 centres to two similar questionnaires. A large number had experience of working in some capacity in, or in collaboration with an LMIC. At the RM 14.62% of respondees were currently working with colleagues in LMICs. At The Christie 13.22% of staff had experience of working in LMICs in a supportive capacity. Those currently collaborating with colleagues in LMICs were working in a wide range of countries across Asia, Africa and South America in a range of initiatives spanning clinical care, research, education and training. Of those who answered the survey 64% at The Christie said they’d like to hear more about opportunities to be involved in supporting global health care, and 89% at RM/ICR said they’d be interested in joining a collaborative group working on global oncology initiatives at the institutions. Conclusions: This survey highlights the body of willing, interested individuals keen to work with colleagues in LMICs to improve cancer outcomes. The launch of the UK Global Cancer Network in 2020 will build upon these two surveys with a planned national survey of global health and cancer work undertaken by individuals in 2021.
CitationForeman E, Leslie I, Lyons H, Piddock K, Sadanandam A, Sanneh A, et al. Collaborating with low- and middle-income countries: Experience from two of the United Kingdom’s comprehensive cancer centers. Vol. 39, Journal of Clinical Oncology. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); 2021. p. e23014–e23014.
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
TypeMeetings and Proceedings