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Breast Cancer Policy in Kenya
Dr Mary Nyangasi
Mary Nyangasi is a medical doctor and global health physician with a 17-year career experience in medical practice, clinical and preventive oncology, cancer policy formulation and programming at the Ministry of Health in Kenya. She currently serves as the Head of the National Cancer Control Program and Co-Chair of the National Cancer Taskforce.
She is passionate about improving access to care across the cancer care continuum and health system strengthening to ensure delivery of services in a timely, safe and effective manner. She has led the formulation and implementation of various cancer policy documents and guidelines including the Breast Cancer Screening and Early Diagnosis Action Plan 2021-2025. Globally, she has also contributed to the drafting of the Global Strategy for Elimination of Cervical Cancer abd the Global Breast Health Initiative. She has interest in cancer research especially in the area of preventive oncology and behavioural studies and have published a number of papers in various peer-reviewed journals.
Dr Nyangasi is a member of the Kenya Medical Association, the Africa Cancer Coalition, the Kenya Red Cross and the Kenya Society of Haematology and Oncology.
Dr Daniel Ojuka
Daniel Ojuka is a Lecturer & Oncoplastic Breast and Endocrine Surgeon, University of Nairobi & Kenyatta National Hospital.
He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi and Masters of Medicine in Surgery from the same institution.
Dr Ojuka is the current President of the Surgical Society of Kenya.
Moderator: Dr Naftali Busakhala
Naftali Busakhala is a senior lecturer and specialist physician at Moi University and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. He is the departmental postgraduate coordinator at the department of pharmacology and toxicology at Moi University. He is the co-chairman of the Ampath Oncology working group. Dr Busakhala is the principal investigator of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium, Moi University Site. He is also the principal investigator of the Lung and Breast Cancer Projects.
Dr Busakhala is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Prevention and Research, Lyon France. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals.
He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Moi University. He holds a Pharmacology Certificate from Tianjin University China. He was a Fogarty trainee in Haematology and Oncology at Brown University, USA.
He trained in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the Makerere University.