Bad Homburg v.d. Höhe, July 19, 2023 – The eagerly awaited “Retreat to Improve and Decentralize Cancer Care in Ethiopia” took place in Addis Ababa in early July. Ethiopian colleagues from the Else Kröner Center for Cancer Care Halle-Wittenberg/Addis Ababa, Ethiopia gathered for a three-day meeting under the motto “Moving into the 2nd Project Phase: Strengthening and Consolidating Cancer Care 2023 to 2026.” The aim was to discuss new strategies and consolidate implemented projects following successful mid-term evaluation in order to decide on the next steps.
Prof. Dr. Adamu Addissie, the project officer in Ethiopia, headed the retreat and worked closely with a team of surgeons, physicians and public health specialists. They jointly focused on identifying and fleshing out key steps for cancer care over the next 2.5 years.
The German project leaders Prof. Dr. Eva Kantelhardt and Dr. Antje Henke were also patched in remotely during the retreat to present the next work packages. Among other activities they include cancer awareness training sessions, which are intended to be held at schools and in community groups. The overarching objective is to convey a better understanding of cancerous diseases and early symptoms to members of the community in the capital city. What is supposed to be achieved as a result is that people visit the project’s one-stop clinic at the Churchill Center in Addis Ababa more frequently, where they can receive cancer screenings free of charge.
Another work package is devoted to adapting organizational structures in order to configure the project’s workflow more effectively. In addition, a significant emphasis at the retreat was improving training at the rural health centers within the project. An intensive exchange and cooperative work together enabled innovative ideas and problem-solving approaches to be developed.
The goal of the Else Kröner Center for Cancer Care Halle-Wittenberg/Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is to improve and expand oncology care for women – put into practice by the medical faculty at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg in Ethiopia. The foundation Else Kröner-Fresenius-Stiftung (EKFS) founded the Else Kröner Center in 2020 and funds the center with 2.5 million euros.
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