The last quarter has been exciting for Global Oncology (GO) and our Cancer Education Materials (CEM) project. The materials are gaining traction and attention in a variety of ways.
In July, the GO team – represented by Laurie Schleimer, Carlos Cardenas and Franklin Huang – presented the project at the Design Management Institute (DMI) Annual Conference, held in Boston, MA, as an example of design for social impact. The team described the unique collaboration that brought together U.S.-based experts in cancer medicine and a professional design team with local in-country providers in low-resource settings to create innovative patient education materials. The first academic paper describing the design process will be published in the DMI proceedings, with another paper describing the Haiti pilot in the works. Watch presentation video
GO's cancer education materials are being delivered to new countries and soon will be adapted for new modalities. Over the summer, booklets were translated to Setswana for use in Botswana, and further refined, with input from Rwandan colleagues, for use in a study in a Rwandan cancer hospital. We look forward to sharing that work with you as it develops.
Based on the success of the first "Cancer and You" booklets, the GO team is looking for funding to develop the materials for pediatric oncology and radiotherapy. Send us an email if you have interest in adapting GO's booklets for your particular use or if you know of interested partners.
As always, thank you for your support!