WHO and IARC support capacity-building for Belarusian specialists in cancer screening


The WHO Regional Office for Europe, in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and Ministry of Health of Belarus, organized a workshop for national specialists on principles, organization, evaluation, planning and management of cancer screening programmes at the N.N. Alexandrov National Cancer Centre of Belarus in Minsk, Belarus, on 30 November – 2 December 2016.

The course aimed to transfer knowledge on implementation of cancer screening (for cervical, breast and colorectal cancer) by introducing a comprehensive curriculum to relevant staff of national and regional cancer screening management and evaluation units. It covered topics essential to planning and coordination, as well as monitoring and evaluation of population-based screening programmes. Issues of cost–effectiveness for cervical and breast cancer screening programmes were discussed, based on practical experiences of the cancer screening programmes in the United Kingdom.

The workshop was carried out within the framework of the BELMED health care project entitled “Preventing noncommunicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus, 2016–2019”, funded by the European Union and implemented by WHO with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Belarus.