Capacity-building for cancer screening in Belarus

Dr Volha Maniuk

Recently, 2 radiologists from the N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Centre of Belarus for Oncology and Medical Radiology attended training in the United Kingdom at the St. George’s Breast Education Centre and at the breast cancer screening centre at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

This capacity-building initiative was organized by WHO and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and was a follow-up to a previous study tour to the United Kingdom. Between November 2017 and February 2018, 2 trainings were held, each comprising 2 weeks of on-site clinical observation.

The training was specifically designed for Belarusian specialists to ensure the quality assurance process for reading mammograms at the pilot sites of a government breast cancer screening project. As part of this project, the Ministry of Health appointed Polyclinic N34 of the city of Minsk and the N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Centre of Belarus for Oncology and Medical Radiology as pilot sites for the preparation and implementation of the regional screening programme.

This training was carried out within the framework of the BELMED project.

About BELMED

BELMED is an overarching project entitled “Preventing noncommunicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus 2016–2019”. It is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Ministry of Health of Belarus in collaboration with WHO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).