Training Healthcare Workers in Oncology in Sub-Saharan Africa

Partnership to address the significant shortage of trained healthcare workers in oncology in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its aim is also to foster knowledge, development, education and training capacity in order to make comprehensive cancer control sustainable.

EDUCARE: Education for Cancer in Africa

Roche and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), through the EDUCARE (EDUcation for Cancer in African REgions) initiative, have combined their shared knowledge and expertise in cancer control to establish a virtual university, supported by the development of a regional African training and mentorship network, collectively called VUCCnet. It consists of:

    • Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCC), an accredited online virtual university to provide comprehensive cancer training across Africa.
    • Regional African Cancer Training Network (RACT), a training program on-site at several cancer centers in SSA reflecting a curricula appropriate for the specific needs of the region (e.g. prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, nursing, palliative care).

The training program aims to build human resource capacity through the training of healthcare professionals in Africa to combat the growing cancer epidemic. Training centers will be part of a network which ultimately can be connected to a broader group of healthcare workers across other African countries, to help them in their own cancer control initiatives.

The first phase is to establish four pilot centres which are recognized National Centres of Competence, with training in planning, administration and management of the centre.


  • Roche International

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    Canada | Staff size: 501-1000

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  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

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LocationNorth Africa and Middle East, Ghana, Egypt, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, South Asia
  • Start Date 2010