Intensive courses in pediatric oncology in African French speaking countries, supported by the Sanofi Espoir Foundation

July 17, 2012

The African School of Pediatric Oncology, supported by Sanofi Espoir Foundation as part of its My Child Matters program (improving the management of childhood cancer in countries with low and medium resources) held its first Intensive Pediatric Oncology Course (CIOP) in Marrakech from July 9 to 13, 2012.

This follows on from the course for nurses held in Marrakech in 2011.

Tailored to the needs of African diagnostic and therapeutic practices, it targets pediatricians, general practitioners, residents, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and biologists involved in taking care of children with cancer in North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

The course includes lectures, workshops, practical sessions, visits by expert and the development of modern communication resources (e-learning).

The intense and varied program addresses the essentials of pediatric oncology and also opens up debate on issues in the management of childhood cancer in Africa.

This first course addressed 30 pediatricians, surgeons and general practitioners from 13 African countries. They were able to deepen their knowledge, develop an African pediatric oncology network and encourage new vocations.


The teachers and qualified facilitators and volunteers (French, American and North African) all donated their time and skills to support this ambitious project.

In his speech, Professor El Houssain Louardi, the Moroccan Minister of Health, underlined the quality of the actions and proposals made by the various stakeholders involved in the healthcare field, and commended Prof. Mhamed Harif (president of the Groupement Franco Africain d’Onco Pédiatrie) for creating this school of pediatric oncology, publishing his book on the practical aspects of childhood cancer, and for performing the first bone-marrow transplant on a child with acute leukemia in the University Center Mohammed VI in Marrakech during that week.

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