Oncology specialists from the United States and Nigeria connect to strengthen cancer treatment and patient care | The Guardian Nigeria News

Over the past two weeks, the U.S. Embassy has helped connect oncology specialists from the United States and Nigeria 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.

Dr O’Bryant and Dr Harvey briefed stakeholders from the Ministry of Health, National Hospital Trauma Center and Abuja Teaching Hospital on new clinical approaches to improve treatment outcomes and the survival rate of 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 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, sponsored the visit. The Fulbright Scholar Program is a short-term complement to the more widely 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 been operational in more than 160 countries to facilitate international educational and cultural exchange between the best students, scholars, teachers and professionals in all fields.

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