US Embassy facilitates training of oncologists in Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy helped connect U.S. and Nigerian oncology specialists to help build capacity for cancer treatment and care in Nigeria.

As visiting Fulbright scholars in the field of oncology pharmacy, Professor Cindy O’Bryant of the University of Colorado and Professor Donald Harvey of Emory University conducted trainings and shared best practices with their Nigerian counterparts at Abuja and Lagos.

In the capital, Dr O’Bryant and Dr Harvey briefed stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, National Hospital Trauma Center and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital on new approaches clinics aimed at improving treatment outcomes and survival rates for cancer patients. They also discussed early detection and prevention, improving care delivery, and building institutional support for patient-centered models of care.

In Lagos, the two Fulbright specialists conducted a workshop on best pharmaceutical practices for 34 pharmacy oncologists from across Nigeria. The training focused on the management of different cancers, the selection and administration of medications, the use of biosafety cabinets and other workplace safety protocols, and the safe administration chemotherapy at the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Center and the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Center.

The visit is sponsored by the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section and Project Pink Blue, a local nonprofit cancer awareness organization, under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s Fulbright Specialist Program. The Fulbright Scholar Program is a short-term complement to the more well-known U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, which sends U.S. professors and professionals abroad to consult, research, and promote dialogue as subject matter experts.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Fulbright Program, which since 1946 has operated in more than 160 countries to facilitate international educational and cultural exchange between leading and accomplished students, scholars, teachers, and professionals from all fields.

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