UK Cancer Healthcare Professionals Collaborating With Colleagues in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Mapping the Extent and Nature of Partnerships; Future Implications

K. Diprose, K. Wakeham, P. Lewis, M. Lodge, R. Sullivan, B. Sirohi, A. Young, N. Ranasinghe, M. Mutebi, B. Gyawali, R. Cowan, S. Stanway

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Abstract

Aims: In 2020 the UK Global Cancer Network (UKGCN) was formed to unite those in the UK interested in Global Oncology and to strengthen collaborative partnerships with stakeholders working across low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in cancer health systems, governance, and care. The UKGCN undertook a mapping exercise to document collaborations to inform the UK's global oncology strategy. Materials and methods: A semi-structured survey was developed and disseminated using a snowball method over ten weeks from February 2021 across the UK's cancer community, to identify individuals and institutions engaged in clinical practice, research, and/or education with partners in LMICs. The survey was sent to individuals in NHS hospitals, charities, universities, other organisations, UKGCN members, and to contacts identified by a literature and web search. Results: A total of 639 invitations were sent, and 88 responses were received. Results demonstrate a range of collaborative efforts spanning many areas of cancer control: health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and treatment, survivorship, and palliative care. A wide range of countries were represented from Sub-Saharan Africa, South America, the MENA region, China, and South-East Asia. The projects included education and training (146), clinical practice/care (144), and research (226). Conclusion: This mapping exercise demonstrated considerable UK collaboration with stakeholders in LMICs across all three domains of education, clinical care, and research. The survey results provide an initial framework from which to promote in-depth strategic intelligence on the broad range of activities undertaken by the UK global oncology community. This information has been used as a catalyst to create new partnerships and connect colleagues working in similar geographical settings, encouraging bidirectional learning. The UKGCN will galvanise endeavours to improve equitable access to cancer services globally.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Oncology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Cancer control
  • global Oncology
  • NHS
  • UK and Ireland Global Cancer Network

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