James P. Grant School of Public Health (JPGSPH) at BRAC University organized a short course on “Innovative Public Health Approaches to Cancer Care: Global and Local perspectives” from March 24 to 28, 2013. Dr. Ophira Ginsburg (Medical Oncology, Public Health, University of Toronto) and Dr Rumana Dowla (Founder Chairperson, Bangladesh Palliative and Supportive Care Foundation, Dhaka) facilitated the course. Total 17 participants from six organizations, including BRAC, icddr,b and BSMMU took part in the course.
Cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined and is an emerging epidemic in low and middle-income countries. The course covered understanding the basic biology and causes of the most common cancers in men and women, the burden of disease in Bangladesh, the importance of prevention, early detection and screening as well as capacity-building for appropriate treatment and follow-up. The role of the Public Health Professional and innovative engagement of community health workers (CHWs) in cancer control have been emphasized in the course. Prof. Timothy G. Evans, Dean of JPGSPH gave away certificates to the participants after the completion of the course.