In-Country Site Assessments

The overarching goal of in-country site assessments is to document the status of cancer registration and to identify opportunities for improvement.

The general process followed includes:

  1. A pre-visit questionnaire completed by country stakeholders to provide background and context for the site visit
  2. A site assessment agenda is developed through collaboration between CARPHA and focal persons in country
  3. The site assessment visit - This is usually 2-3 days long and involves the on-site review of key data collection sites and meetings with key stakeholders by a multidisciplinary site assessment team
  4. Following a site visit, the team completes a written report which includes:
    1. Background information of the country visited, and cancer burden based on available data
    2. A summary of the existing system for cancer registration at each of the sites visited
    3. Recommendations to improve cancer registration
  5. A virtual meeting is then scheduled with the Country team (Ministry of Health, Cancer Registry, etc.) to:
    1. Review the report findings and provide clarification as needed
    2. Discuss the recommendations in detail and determine a timeline for implementation
  6. Routine follow-up meetings are then scheduled to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Hub recommendations and to provide any technical support as needed
Site Assessments:
  • Aruba: Septemer 23-26, 2019
  • The Department of Public Health, Ministry of Tourism, Public Health and Sports, Aruba requested a site visit for technical guidance to support the implementation of a population-based cancer registry by the IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub.

    While in country, the site visit team participated in a media briefing to talk about burden of cancer in the Region, the importance of a population-based cancer registry, and findings from the site visit in Aruba. Access the Facebook live presentation at this link:

  • Guyana: May 2-3, 2019
  • British Virgin Islands: September 27-28, 2019
  • Jamaica: August 10-12, 2016
  • Bahamas: August 8-9, 2016
  • Trinidad & Tobago: April 27-29, 2016
  • Barbados: April 25-26, 2016
Follow-up meetings to review the site assessment report, plan next steps and discuss progress made in implementing recommendations:
  • Barbados:
    • December 16, 2016
    • February 16, 2018
  • Trinidad & Tobago:
    • November 18, 2016
    • October 12, 2017
    • July 3, 2018
  • Bahamas:
    • October 26, 2017
  • Jamaica:
    • November 1, 2017