Building on the success of the program in previous years, again in 2016 the iCMLf offers seed funding to hematology institutions in emerging economic regions to build local capacity for CML testing. From the applications this year the iCMLf Directors have selected 10 projects for seed funding to build CML capacity in the emerging regions. Countries include; Armenia, Georgia, India, Kenya, Nepal, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania and Togo.
The successful centres are the following:
iCMLf grants are provided for projects that will increase local access to CML diagnostics, thereby building local capacity. The projects submitted in 2016 represent a broad range of different approaches to increase local capacity to conduct diagnostic testing for CML patients.
Diagnosis & Testing grant recipients:
Number of patients able to access CML testing due to the iCMLf funding*
|Site 1||Site 2||Site 3||Site 4|
|In the last 6 months||50||140||8||42|
|In the next 6 months||100||140||50||106|
* 4 centres have completed 6 months
|Supplying GeneXpert kits||5x|
|Consumables for PCR||3x|
|Laboratory staff training||2x|
|Supporting physician education||2x|
|Patient education sessions||1x|
The institutions awarded grants will partner with a CML centre of excellence that will offer ongoing mentoring and support at a clinical and laboratory level. This will ensure the successful implementation of each project.