The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2015 to 2030 includes a specific goal for health (Sustainable Development Goal [SDG] 3) with 13 targets, including SDG3.4 for the control and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), namely, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease.
The WHO Best Buys for NCDs has emphasized prevention, and although crucial, it alone will not achieve the 30% reduction in NCDs by 2030. This is a significant problem for low-resource countries (LRCs) —that is, low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries—as most currently have a poorly developed health system, including cancer services, in need of upgrading.
Currently, ASCO's primary concern as a global oncology community is the patients' health and safety they serve. Best of ASCO Africa's primary goal is to leverage on the most up-to-date science, discovered proven strategies and tools to make critical decisions that can help reduce disparities and raise the quality of care for all cancer patients in the African Continent. Best of ASCO Africa session highlights all scientific tracks from the ASCO Annual Meeting. It provides ASCO's direct content in appropriate formats to clinicians in Africa, granting them access to the latest in cancer science and research.
Best of ASCO Africa aims to gather knowledge, gain insight from the best minds in oncology care, research, the latest treatment strategies, and bring that back to Africa patients. It is also expected to bring specialists from around the world to offer educational content to the latest scientific discoveries and opportunities to take on critical issues affecting Africa's cancer community.