Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases characterized by the growth of abnormal cells beyond their usual boundaries. Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is estimated to account for 9.6 million death in 2018. Bosnia and Herzegovina experiences the devastating impact that cancer places on its population too. According to the WHO 20% of deaths in Bosnia and Herzegovina can be attributed to cancer, a number that is above the global average and it shows a rising trend. Higher incidence and mortality rates of cancer weigh heavily on both government and family. It is therefore vital that authorities establish and sustain comprehensive cancer control strategies such as cancer registries. Cancer Registries are centers for systematic gathering, storing, analyzing, interpretation, and presentation of data on cancer incidence and survival of cancer patients. Registries play a critical role in cancer surveillance, which tells us where we are in the efforts to reduce the cancer burden. The importance of cancer registries lies in the fact that they collect accurate and complete cancer data that can be used for cancer control and epidemiological research, public health program planning, and patient care improvement. To share their experiences and talk about the importance of these registries, and how to implement them in Bosnia and Herzegovina we will talk with our compelling panelists: - Vesna Zadnik, MD, PHD – Director of one of the oldest population – based cancer registries in Europe “The Cancer Registry of Republic of Slovenia”, Mrs Zadnik carries out detail epidemiology analysis in elucidate a certain condition and keeps the general and the political public informed. - Mario Šekerija, MD, PHD – Epidemiologist Head of Croatian National Cancer Registry and also a leader of a iPAAC (Innovative Partnership for Action Against Cancer) work packages.
H.E. Mr. Lars-Gunnar Wigemark is going to give the opening remarks about general healthcare reform in Bosnia Herzegovina for the ECL session at SaMED 2019.We hope our session is going to be one of the first steps in establishing Cancer Registry in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
As the phrase „crisis in human resources“ might seem somewhat aggrandizement of the issues being faced by the global health sector, the recent data shows that its use may very well be legitimized. According to a 2006 WHO report, the world is facing an estimated 4,3 million shortage of doctors, nurses and midwives.
The antecedent changes in the global health dynamics have sparked a new, more intense wave of health workforce migration in the past decade.
The challenge of globalization and opening of borders for work market liberation, give rise to questions about sustainable development of LEDCs, and a rising dependency of high income countries on IMG's.
So the problem inevitably presents itself — how do we manage the oncoming pressures of doctor shortages in the lower income countries, brought on by those in the higher income countries, in a manner that can be equated to humanitarian negligence ?
To talk about this and gives us a unique frame of reference to this specific point are our compelling panelists:
• Dobrila Govedarica - As the Director of Open Society Fund BiH, Mrs Dobrila has had much experience with young people who have wanted to go abroad in search of a better education or opportunity.
• Selma Selimović, MD a researcher in the field of Ageing and Regenerative Medicine who received her MD at University of Sarajevo Medical school and a masters degree at Rollins school of public health at Emory University.
• Ajla Šunje, MD who left Bosnia as a refugee child, and later went on to pursue her medical degree in the US, but decided to return to her homeland where she now works as a director of the Chicago Vein Institute-Sarajevo.
By telling their personal stories and experiences along with the more general rendition of factors which come into play, we are looking to gain clarity and insight into a very intricate subject of medical migration.
The panel itself will feature a four piece discussion focusing on
1) Global patterns of migration and what can we learn from them
2) Challenges and perils awaiting every young MD when deciding to move abroad
3) The Anchor Factor —Grounds to stay
4) The non zero-sum game: Can we all win?