IGAD, EADG to establish Regional Cancer in Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, 13 March 2014 (WIC) - The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Ethio-American Doctors Group, Inc. ("EADG") have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to locate the Regional Cancer Center of Excellence ("RCCE") at the hospital and medical village complex being built by EADG in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Globally, cancer causes more death than TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined according to the American Cancer Society, Global Cancer Facts & Figures of 2007). The economic impact of cancer is estimated to be USD $895 Billion or 1.5% of global GDP.
According to World Health Organization report (2008), 63% of global cancer death, or 56% of new cancer cases, are in the developing world. Excluding skin cancer, 50% of the 10 Million people diagnosed with cancer annually live in developing countries.

Developing countries are extremely underserved with cancer therapies: only one-third of radiotherapy facilities are located in developing countries and 15 African countries do not have a single radiation therapy machine.

According to a statement the goal of the excellence center (RCCE) is to serve the people of IGAD member states, which include Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda.

The center will work to prevent, treat, educate, conduct cancer related researches and train future cancer caregivers in all members states. It also aims to realize economic benefits from controlling and/or eradicating cancer; and leverage combined resources to seek international partners, such as medical equipment manufacturers, pharmaceuticals, education and research institutions and financing firms. (PRNewswire)