Driven by a common goal to develop health professional capacity and foster collaborative cancer prevention research and activities across the China-ASEAN regions, the “National Cancer Center/Cancer Academy of Medical Sciences (CICAMS) and IARC established a Joint Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program in 2017 and organized three editions of the “China-ASEAN Cancer Prevention & Control” training course in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
|23-27 October 2017 – Shenzhen||5-9 November 2018 – Nanning||4-8 November 2019 – Shenzhen|
Over 100 participants and 30 observers from 21 countries (ASEAN and non-ASEAN), all public health professionals, oncologists or clinicians involved in policy-making, planning, implementing and/or monitoring cancer control programs were trained over 3 years.
The blended learning approach, consisting in a two-month online session followed by one week face-to-face training and site visit in China, is a very efficient strategy for the profile of the selected participants. With the assistance of e-Facilitators to guide participants and punctuated by two webinars to monitor their progress, the online session combines a series of 15 modules on general principles of cancer prevention and control and pre-course assignments which are key element for the face-to-face programme content and practical activities.
The impact of having such a dense online session on the face-to-face activities is double: a better preparation of the participants and more time devoted to interactions in groups and with the local and international faculty, discussions on real life examples of challenges and opportunities of screening programmes in presence of the programme managers and many opportunities for networking for the multidisciplinary and multicultural audience.