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Eastern Europe, Balkan and Mediterranean Regions

Coordinator: A. Eniu, RO

Eastern Europe and Balkan Region

This geographical area attracted attention from ESO mostly after the break-up of  ex-Yugoslavia and the end of the Balkans war and since the entrance of Romania and Bulgaria in the EU. ESO’s aim being to bridge the gap with Western Europe concerning cancer care. 

ESO also has built a strong collaboration with the University of Ioannina since 1989.

The main focus of activity has been the implementation of a medical masterclass in oncology for the region which ESO has been hosting since 2010.

In addition to the above activities, over the years ESO has held and continues to offer courses and seminars, the visiting professorship programme and e-learning to this region and has helped upskill local oncologists, family doctors, surgeons and medical students.

Future events
Information on future events in the region can be found here

Fellowship opportunities
ESO also has a Clinical Training Centres Fellowship programme in the EEBR region, giving young oncology professionals the opportunity to take part in a 3 – 6-month placement at a host centre to develop their skills. There are currently 3 centres that host fellows in the Eastern Europe and Balkan region:

Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzogvina
Split Clinical Hospital Center, Split, Croatia
Centre Hospital of South-Pest, Budapest, Hungary

Further details on the fellowship programme can be found here


Challenging cancer inequalities within Europe through education and training: ESO’s vision - originally published in Cancer Control 2019 (Global Health Dynamics) this article looks at the challenges in cancer care faced in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and ESO’s activities to improve inequalities.

Mediterranean Region

A Euro-Arab collaborative programme in cancer medicine, nursing, advocacy and media was established in 2005 in Cairo and Milan, as an evolution of the positive collaboration between the European School of Oncology (ESO) and the Egyptian Ministry of Health and Population. 

Thereafter, collaboration was also established with the Arab Medical Association Against Cancer (AMAAC). 

From 2013 until 2014 the program was also supported by the Egyptian NCI in Cairo and EASO was discontinued in 2015 due to unrest in the region. 

ESO however wished to reaffirm its commitment to international collaboration in cancer medicine in the area.

Therefore in 2016, the school agreed to organise a masterclass in clinical oncology with AMAAC in Cyprus a neutral venue and it became known as the Arab and Southern European Masterclass. 

ESO’s presence is also seen in key congresses of relevance to the area. 

For further information regarding these programmes please contact: eebr@eso.net