For two days (May 20-21), stakeholders in cancer control in Kenya came together in Naivasha for an intensive action planning workshop on cancer control and research. The US National Cancer Institute (NCI), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kenyan Ministry of Health collaboration was the first of its kind, and it brought together researchers, clinicians, activists and policy makers, with the task of setting objectives in research, training, pathology, registries, community education and comprehensive cancer care. The resulting action plans will help the Ministry and stakeholders work collaboratively toward a shared vision of improved cancer control in Kenya.
It was wonderful to see many KENCO members, invited by the organizers, present and active in the discussions. Over and over it was stated – by researchers, policy makers and clinicians – that the key to success will be through prevention and early detection. It was a great reinforcement and vote of confidence for the work that KENCO groups do on a daily basis!