Ushering a “New Dawn” in brain tumour collaboration in Sub-Saharan Africa

By 21st July 2018 September 24th, 2018 IBTA News, SNOSSA

[21 July 2018] We are delighted to announce that the recently formed Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa (SNOSSA) will be holding their inaugural conference, entitled "A New Dawn for NeuroOncology in Sub-Saharan Africa", on 22nd - 23rd July, 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. SNOSSA represents the first cross-border brain tumour organisation that covers the entirety of sub-Saharan Africa and it is hoped that this event represents a watershed moment in ushering in greatly improved brain tumour care and ongoing multidisciplinary co-operation in the region, which is a part of the world facing a great many unmet needs.

SNOSSA's mission is "to work together to improve outcomes, sustaining hope for adult and paediatric brain tumour patients in Central, South, East and West Africa” and the organisation's formation is a direct result of the first Sub-Saharan Africa Neuro-Oncology Collaborative (S-SANOC) planning meeting, which was held 18th-19th October 2017 in London, UK. The planning meeting brought together a range of stakeholders - 33 participants from 16 countries - with a focus on the care and support of people with brain tumours and their families living south of the Sahara on the African continent.

The Sub-Saharan Africa Neuro-Oncology Collaborative (S-SANOC) planning meeting was organised by the International Brain Tumour Alliance (IBTA) in conjunction with the Zimbabwe Brain Tumour Association (ZBTA), the Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO), Dr Mark Bernstein (the Greg Wilkins-Barrick Chair in International Surgery, University of Toronto, Canada) and the SNO Wilkins-Barrick Course in Neuro-Oncology.

The official report of the important event can now be read online here.

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