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The Malawi Cancer Consortium has organized and held cancer symposiums throughout the years and since 2016. The symposiums serve as a significant platform for key stakeholders, partners, and experts to gather and address the pressing issues of cancer care and research in Malawi. Traditionally, the meeting includes representatives from national and international research organizations, health facilities, Ministry of Health, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, and NGOs.

Cancer is a rapidly emerging problem in resource-limited settings including Malawi. HIV increases the risk of many different types of cancer, and HIV-associated cancers are therefore extremely common in Malawi and other parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The Malawi Cancer Consortium hopes to help catalyze a coordinated national effort to address this growing problem.

The Malawi Cancer Symposiums are organized by UNC Project Malawi and Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal is to make Malawi a regional leader for cancer research, through several ongoing studies implemented by the consortium, as well as its dedicated mentoring and career development activities.