Fez - Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, inaugurated, on Monday in Fez, the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), the first of its Kind in Morocco and Africa.
Fez – Princess Lalla Salma, Chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, inaugurated, on Monday in Fez, the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), the first of its Kind in Morocco and Africa.
After cutting the symbolic ribbon, Princess Lalla Salma followed a presentation on CRI and its research activities before visiting the different outbuildings of the institute, which is built at the Hassan II University Hospital in Fez with a budget of 15 million of Dirhams.
This institute was carried out as part of a public interest grouping represented by the Hassan II University Hospital, Sidi Mohammed Benabdellah University in Fez and Lalla Salma Foundation.
The creation of CRI is part of a series of strategic actions launched by Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment.
This project, which is financed by Lalla Salma Foundation, aims to initiate, plan, coordinate and develop research programs related to the points of National Cancer Prevention and Control Plan (NCPCP).
CRI, which is expected to become the database of the epidemiology in Morocco and Africa, aims also to develop partnerships between national and international institutions, public and private, for research on cancer.
It will provide all researchers in Morocco with expertise, authentic data and resources to design their innovative research projects covering the domains of cancer research, notably basic research, clinic, epidemiology and human and social sciences.
The establishment of this ambitious project is justified by the daily progression of this disease in Morocco and the deep gap between clinic practices’ evolution and research.
As part of NCPCP goals, CRI targets the domains of prevention, early detection, therapeutic coverage, palliative care and patients’ follow-up conditions. The action of the institute is addressed to patients, their families and citizens.
One of its kind, CRI aims to play the role of catalyst of progress in cancer research in Morocco and become a privileged destination for investments and projects to combating cancer.
CRI aims also to support, enhance and promote multidisciplinary and innovative scientific research at the organizational and scientific levels. Its global approach, which includes different dimensions of combating cancer (sanitary, social and economic) and takes into consideration the various domains of intervention (research, training and care), makes of the institute a very promising project for research institutes in the region.
During its first phase, CRI building is expected to welcome around 50 national and international researchers, industrial and socio-economic actors.
The contribution of the Hassan II University Hospital and Sidi Mohammed Benabdellah University in Fez consists of providing important material and human resources. In addition, the project also benefits from the institutional support of Ministries of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Executives’ training and Health.
The projects supported by CRI will be conducted in the research laboratories of different national universities and hospital centers.