The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is committed to international collaborations that support the transformation of health care delivery in environments with less developed health systems.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre has been involved in global capacity building projects with:
Efforts to prevent and treat cancer in Africa are intensifying. In the next 20 years, rates of new cancers are predicted to rise faster in Africa than anywhere in the world. A consortium of North American academic medical centres and Moi University and
Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret, Kenya collaborated to create the
Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program. Since then, AMPATH has established and developed an oncology program with participation from Toronto via the
Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of Toronto. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is committed to collaborating in this consortium and has engaged in the areas of nursing oncology training, cervical cancer screening and radiation treatment capacity.
Building on the established collaboration with AMPATH, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, in partnership with Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital Training Centre in Eldoret and the
Aga Khan University School of Nursing in Nairobi have developed a Higher Diploma program in Oncology Nursing. This specialized nursing program is the first of its kind in Kenya. The first cohorts of students started in August and September 2016.
Cervical Cancer Screening Program
In 2013, the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre developed a comprehensive approach to cancer care in gynecology with MTRH. Since then:
- More than 30,000 women have been screened for cervical cancer.
- 6 outreach clinics were established.
- A Fellowship Program in gynecologic oncology was established at Moi University School of Medicine. Two Kenyan gynecologists have been trained through the fellowship.
Radiation Treatment Capacity
Princess Margaret is working collaboratively with AMPATH, MTRH and other academic health science centres to build capacity in Radiation Treatment. To date, a needs assessment has been completed and two physics fellows have been accepted to Princess Margaret for training.
Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC) is a multidisciplinary collaboration including the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. The collaboration's goal is to establish postgraduate programs in a number of health care disciplines in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, including:
- Medical subspecialty training programs
- Fellowship training programs in Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, and Hematology, supported by members of the Faculty of Medicine
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre is committed to working with the University of Toronto. Members of the Princess Margaret
Division of Medical Oncology and Hematology have been contributing in the
Addis Ababa University Hematology fellowship program since its inception in 2012. This contribution includes providing on-the-ground mentorship and didactic, laboratory and clinical teaching during one-month blocks at the Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's only Hematology referral centre.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Ghana Cancer Centre launched a clinical research mentorship program in 2014. Championed by the Princess Margaret
Radiation Medicine Program, the mentorship program makes use of existing telehealth technologies to teach clinical research skills and improve understanding of the barriers and enablers of quality clinical care.