The AORTIC Pathology SIG is ably led by Professor Adekunle Adesina. The inaugural AORTIC Pathology Summit, “Building International & Local Bridges in Pathology”, 22 & 23 March 2013, in Dakar, Senegal. This landmark gathering of African Pathologists in sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora as well as international stakeholders are committed to move the African Pathology agenda forward.

The 2nd Pathology and Oncology in Africa conference, “Education and Training for the Future in Cancer Research” was held in Mwanza, Tanzania, 25 & 26 June 2015. This meeting represented the first in a series of regional meetings following the Summit organized by AORTIC in Dakar, Senegal in 2015.

Introduction: The Value of Pathology

Benefit to clinical services;
Inform cancer control efforts;
Aid the development and implementation of national cancer control plans;
Support cancer registration;
Support research on a number of levels, including epidemiology, basic science, clinical trials, and translational research.


Issues for Pathology in Africa

Pathology infrastructure is inadequate:

Facilities and equipment
Supply chain breaks lead to inadequate resource availability.
Clinicians adapt their clinical practice to exclude pathology.
Protocols and QA/QC practices may not be optimal.