In Botswana, a democratic nation in southern Africa with a population of about 2.3 million, a stark lack of resources exists for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. “Cancer in Botswana is about where HIV/AIDS was over 20 years ago. It’s on the upward slope and results in high rates of mortality, up to 75 percent,” says Suzanne Willard, clinical professor and associate dean for global health at Rutgers School of Nursing. A severe shortage in the specialty-trained workforce is a major challenge to providing comprehensive cancer care. For example, in the entire nation, there are only seven to 10 nurses with advanced training in oncology and palliative care. Until now, there were no programs in Botswana where nurses could obtain this training. To read the full story.
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