August 2009

Cancer hits Africa hard

Africa will be hardest hit by cancer – projected to be the biggest killer in the world by 2010 – with a massive treatment gap leading to people dying painful and undignified deaths of cancers that are preventable, treatable and curable.

A landmark report released yesterday (MONDAY, 23 August) at the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit has revealed that the total economic burden of new cancer cases will be a staggering U$305-billion this year while the treatment funding gap is conservatively estimated at U$217-billion in 2009.

Click here to read more on this topic, written by an AORTIC 2009 Speaker, Anso Thom

AORTIC Selected to Participate in Premiere LIVESTRONG® Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland

Belmira Rodrigues will represent AORTIC at the premiere LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland, August 24 - 26. The Summit is the landmark event of the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign, an effort of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF). Belmira Rodrigues will represent the organization’s commitment to fight cancer in Africa and engage with world media, political leaders, representatives of non-governmental organizations and corporate leadership.

Please click here to read the full press release.

June 2009

Visa Required For Visiting Tanzania

All visitors to Tanzania require a visa in order to enter the country. The price is USD 50.00 (USD 200.00 for Pakistani visitors). Please visit the Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs website here or download their "Visas Information" document here.

*This information is correct as of 1 June 2009*

Provision has been made for AORTIC 2009 delegates to obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania. After you have registered and provided proof of payment, the AORTIC 2009 Conference Secretariat will issue a letter from the Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs stating that AORTIC 2009 delegates may obtain their visa upon arrival. Please print out this letter, as well as your letter of confirmation from the AORTIC 2009 Conference Secretariat, and present it with your passport in order to facilitate the visa process.


  • All visitors to Tanzania require a visa and it is your responsibility to carry enough cash to pay for this visa and to ensure that your travel document (passport) is valid.
  • Visas are not included in bursary support.
  • The AORTIC 2009 Conference Secretariat will try to answer any visa-related questions, but please note that the Secretariat is not responsible for delegates' visa applications.

May 2009

UICC World Cancer Day - 4th February, 2010

Each year the UICC launches a theme for the "Today's Children, Tomorrow's World" cancer prevention campaign. Professor Lynette Denny, Secretary Treasurer, AORTIC, has accepted the UICC invitation to chair the 2010 campaign on the theme "Cancer and Infection". This campaign will be the focus of the World Cancer Conference that will take place in Beijing, China in August 2010. The Campaign will be launched on 4 February, 2010 -- World Cancer Day-- and will continue throughout 2010 and beyond.

March 2009

Click here to download the March 2009 English AORTIC Newsletter Click here to download the March 2009 French AORTIC Newsletter

AORTIC 2009 accredited with 30 CPD points

AORTIC 2009 has been accredited by the University of Cape Town (UCT), Faculty of Health Sciences Accreditation Committee and registered for 30 CPD points. In order to qualify for these points, please be advised that you will need to obtain a Certificate of Attendance from the AORTIC Registration Desk, as well as sign the register for all conference days.

AORTIC's stand on World Cancer Day 2009 outcomes

The new report issued on World Cancer Day (4 Feb) that showed that deaths attributed to cancer in developing countries have increased to alarming levels should be a wakeup call for Africa to address meaningfully this devastating chronic disease and include cancer firmly on the African health agenda.

At the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), we are dedicated to supporting the management of training programs in oncology for health care workers, dealing with the challenges of creating cancer control and prevention programs, and raising public awareness of cancer in Africa. But so much more needs to be done. While resources are often scarce, this report should underscore for all of us that addressing cancer cannot be ignored in developing nations. We need to take action, internationally in Africa and worldwide, to find ways to increase access to cancer prevention, management and treatment programs and to enhance patient understanding of this disease.

We simply cannot afford to not address the urgent and devastating rise in cancer prevalence and deaths in Africa.

Professor Lynette Denny
Secretary Treasurer , AORTIC

Winner of World Cancer Day 2009 slogan competition

To commemorate World Cancer Day, AORTIC held a competition for a slogan to be written to create awareness about cancer in Africa.

The winner of the World Cancer Day Slogan competition is Clare Manicom from South Africa who submitted the following slogan: "Cancer - Talk about it, Treat it, Survive!"

Congratulations Clare, you have won free AORTIC membership for one year!

November 2008

AORTIC attends UICC World Cancer Congress 2008 in Geneva

AORTIC is very proud to have been involved at the UICC World Cancer Congress held in Geneva, Switzerland from 27-31 August 2008. Dr Twalib Ngoma, President of AORTIC and Dr Mike Chirenje, Vice-President of AORTIC, Southern Africa, were both guest speakers and presented at this conference.

AORTIC also had a presence at the conference, alongside other prominent international cancer organisations, with a modest stand sporting posters, informational pamphlets about AORTIC and information about the upcoming AORTIC 2009 conference. There was much interest generated at the AORTIC stand, with people signing up as members and entering our competition.

AORTIC is also proud to be a registered member of the UICC, and hopes this membership becomes a point of collaboration in the future.


AORTIC Display Stand

Twalib Ngoma
President of AORTIC

27 March 2009
Abstract Submissions

27 March 2009
Bursary Applications

April 2009
Registration opens

11 November 2009
AORTIC 2009 Opening Ceremony

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