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Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients

In the next issue of pain research and management journal (In press), the YP-CDN members of Ethiopia (Gondar Chapter), Eyob Alemayehu and Henok Getachew have done a preliminary assessment of pain management adequacy and pain interference in the quality of life of patients living with cancer who visited Oncology Unit, Gondar University Hospital. We know that Cancer is one of the non communicable diseases (NCDs) becoming an increasing public health burden for Ethiopia. Pain is among the most common of symptoms in patients with cancer. Hence, we aimed to assess cancer pain prevalence, cancer pain interference, and adequacy of cancer pain treatment in the oncology ward of an Ethiopian teaching hospital. Of 83 patients, total of 76 (91.6%) cancer patients experienced pain with varying degree of severity, and 7(8.4%) patients experienced severe pain. Of the 76 cancer patients with pain, 68(89.2%) experienced pain interference with their daily activities. Fifty four (65%) patients were receiving inadequate cancer pain treatment with negative Pain Management Index. Therefore, availability of analgesics, pain assessment and management guideline and quality service should be assured to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

For more information on this upcoming article, check the link below  

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/prm/aip/5698640/ 

Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients
Adequate Cancer Pain Management for a better quality of life of cancer patients

Establishment of Africa CDC

We need more organizations that work for non-communicable diseases control in Africa. African nations are reunited again to establish Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as of January 31, 2017. Headquartered in Addis Ababa, Africa CDC functions in network with Regional Collaborating Centers in Egypt, Nigeria, Gabon, Zambia, and Kenya. Priorities will be given for emerging health threats of Africa. A ground work of YPCDN can act as a plat form for inauguration and incorporation of policies whenever new organizations are launched. Proactively, YPCDN calls the attention of African CDC towards neglected NCDs in the context of LMICs. 

for more reads, please visit 

http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/langlo/PIIS2214-109X(17)30025-6.pdf

Establishment of Africa CDC
Establishment of Africa CDC

YPCDN chapter updates from Ethiopia

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are our area of great concern in the contemporary health system because anyone can acquire theses illnesses sooner or later in life from the environment or genetics. We are committed to tackle the burden of NCDs in Africa. To achieve our goals, we are recruiting actively working members to YPCDN chapter in Ethiopia. This will enable us to grasp innovative ideals from multidisciplinary teams comprised of physicians, nurses, of pharmacists and other health professionals. Importantly, we are empowering the community pharmacists in the detection, prevention, control and management of chronic disease as primary care providers. Our members are also engaged in institutional based researches to support health policy-makers to provide pooled evidence, which allows us to exercise advocacy role. We are moving forward to evaluate availability and affordability of essential anticancer medications in the nation. Recently, we are dealing to own biological safety cabinet to anticancer drug admixture which protect patients and health care providers from exposure of harmful adverse effects of chemotherapy. Till, we are calling all devoted individuals to join our “largest network of health professionals targeting chronic diseases.”

Our priorities areas are the following

Cardiovascular disorder

Diabetes mellitus

Mental health

Essential medicines

Partnering with

Ethiopian pharmaceutical association

Center for disease prevention and control

Ethiopian ministry of health

Pharmaceutical fund and supply agency

YPCDN chapter updates from Ethiopia
YPCDN chapter updates from Ethiopia

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