Good day Mark
l agree with your view on implementation of cancer management. The six pillars you alluded to, in my opinion, cannot be implemented seperately. A multifaceted approach is required to tackle the cancer burden.
Screening and not being to offer treatment creates a host of challenges. Clients' disease may actually progress faster due to the stress of knowing they have cancer but are unable to access treatment. It is crucial therefore to ensure all aspects along the continuum care, covered by
the six pillars, are in place to ensure a successful anticancer drive.
ln Zimbabwe, HPV vaccination has taken off well and is being driven through the Ministry of Health and Childcare. And other areas of the six pillars are being worked on. It is possible to have a national approach which has a public health approach to make inroads in the fight against cancer. A holistic multidisciplinary approach is also essential in the fight against cancer.
Commitment to implement National Plans is needed for cancer managemeng to be effective.
HIFA profile: Venus Mushininga is a pharmacist with the Ministry of Health and Childcare in Zimbabwe. She is a founder and President of the Zimbabwe Society of Oncology Pharmacy and the Zimbabewan delegate to the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy. Professional interests: Oncology, Dissemination of information through to Health Professionals and the public, Research. She is co-coordinator of the HIFA working group on information for Prescribers and Users of Medicines.
Email: vmushininga AT gmail.com