New Collaboration Bolsters Fight Against Cervical Cancer in Africa
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The threat of women contracting cervical cancer in the United States is under control, but this virulent disease continues to be the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths among women in resource-limited countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
“ISGP is a premier international medical society that shares ASCP’s mission to advance women’s health through research, education, and raising standards of practice around the globe. We look forward to forging a partnership with ISGP that will strengthen our respective initiatives to improve women’s health worldwide.”
—Steven Kroft, MD, FASCP, ASCP President
ASCP—which is strongly focused on addressing women’s health worldwide—is joining forces with the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists (ISGP) to expand access to quality health care for women around the globe. In early April, the two societies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enhance education initiatives, membership services, and advocacy to mutually benefit the members of both organizations.
“ISGP is a premier international medical society that shares ASCP’s mission to advance women’s health through research, education, and raising standards of practice around the globe,” says Steven Kroft, MD, FASCP, ASCP President. “We look forward to forging a partnership with ISGP that will strengthen our respective initiatives to improve women’s health worldwide.”
Through its Center for Global Health and the ASCP Board of Certification, ASCP works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Health Organization, and governments of resource-limited countries to improve access to health care to prevent HIV/AIDS, cervical and breast cancer, and other deadly diseases.
ASCP’s new partnership with ISGP will build upon these initiatives, as well as strengthen both Societies’ shared missions of interdisciplinary education, scientific discovery, and advocacy.
“This collaboration will be very beneficial to members of both organizations,” said Richard J. Zaino, MD, FASCP, ISGP President. “We look forward to providing expanded educational opportunities for our members and increasing our participation in global women’s health initiatives.”
The collaboration will also leverage each Society’s respective resources and create administrative efficiencies while allowing each to maintain its own identity and governance.
Key initiatives outlined in the MOU will include:
Appointing ISGP representatives to serve on ASCP’s GYN committees;
Hosting a companion society meeting in tandem with ASCPs Annual Meeting;
Co-creating a strategic plan for Global Outreach and Education;
Expanding the education and global outreach mission of the two societies, and,
Providing CME accreditation for educational activities.
“ASCP and the International Society of Gynecological Pathologists each bring respective strengths to this partnership,” said Mark Stoler, MD, FASCP, Editor of The International Journal of Gynecologic Pathology and a former ASCP President. “This will allow us to develop innovative solutions to the challenges we encounter in a changing healthcare environment, and to provide enhanced services to our members.”
The overarching goal of this partnership is to provide the most positive outcomes for patients, according to Dr. Blair Holladay, ASCP Executive Vice President. “Those outcomes rely on relationships among pathologists, laboratory professionals, and the wide range of sub-specialties within the lab. ASCP is the thread that connects the ever-expanding field of pathology,” he said.