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AORTIC 2015 /
Government failure to provide vaccination services and radiation facilities is unacceptable

18th - 22nd Nov 2015

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Published: 07.12.15
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Dr Lois Ramondetta - MD Anderson Cancer Centre, Houston, USA

Dr Ramondetta talks to ecancertv at AORTIC 2015 about global inequities in cancer care and the insight she has gained by learning about the creative approaches to cancer care taken in Africa.

She discusses things such as 'telementoring' which enable the exchange of skills across borders, and the harnessing of the private sector which has seen companies deliver drugs and vaccines along with their regular deliveries.

Ultimately though, she argues that governments need to take cancer care more seriously. Noting how successful Rwanda has been in vaccinating over 90 percent of its girls, she says it is "totally unacceptable" for governments to not implement HPV vaccination programmes.

She explains how cost is not the only issue surrounding the HPV vaccine, citing the fact that only 30 to 40 percent of girls in the US have been vaccinated due to confusion, uneven access, and lack of education and understanding on sexual health.

Furthermore, governments need to recognise that it is "totally unacceptable to not have a radiation facility within your country", she says.



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European Cancer Organisation European Institute of Oncology

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Foundazione Umberto Veronesi Fondazione IEO Swiss Bridge

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ecancer Global Foundation