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Olympus Supports Dissemination Of Endoscopic Procedures For Colorectal Cancer In Russia

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Olympus Corporation (Director, Representative Executive
Officer, President and CEO: Yasuo Takeuchi) announced today
that it has been selected (1) by Japan’s Ministry of Health,
Labour and Welfare (MHLW) to implement the Japan-Russia
Medical Cooperation Promotion Project in the field of
endoscopy for the fiscal year ending March, 2021. Under the
project, Olympus will promulgate gastrointestinal
endoscopic/laparoscopic techniques in support of a five-year
oncology plan launched by the Russian government in
2019.(2)

As part of the project, Olympus will
facilitate online training programs for gastrointestinal
endoscopic/laparoscopic techniques taught by Japanese
oncology specialists for Russian endoscopists and
oncologists. The bilateral project is being carried out in
cooperation with Russia’s two premier cancer centers, the N.
N. Blokhin Cancer Research Center and the P. Hertsen Moscow
Oncology Research Institute branch of the Russian National
Medical Research Radiological Centre (NMRRC) as well as
Asian Medical Education and Training Support (AMETS).(3) As
part of the project’s initiatives, Olympus commits to
disseminate Japan’s world-leading technologies for early
diagnosis and treatment in Russia, contributing to the
improvement of oncology treatment and research in the
region.

Objectives of the MHLW’s Japan-Russia Medical
Cooperation Promotion Project in the Field of Endoscopy
(April 2020 – March 2021):

1. To help advance the
Russian government’s oncology plan by implementing cancer
educational activities for facilities and doctors
specializing in that branch of medicine. These activities
will take place primarily at Russia’s two premier cancer
centers, the N. N. Blokhin Cancer Research Center and the P.
Hertsen Moscow Oncology Research Institute within the
NMRRC.

2. To provide opportunities for training and
knowledge sharing on the latest medical technologies by
Japanese physicians, contributing to the improvement of
gastrointestinal cancer measures, from diagnosis to
treatment, particularly for colorectal cancer.

Program
activities were unveiled at the Japan-Russia Symposium on
Colorectal Cancer Management and at the Signing Ceremony of
the Memorandum of Cooperation among AMETS and the two
Russian cancer centers, which were held on January 19. The
signing ceremony was attended by Japanese and Russian
government officials, including Mr. Sergey Muraviev,
Director-General, International Cooperation and Public
Relations Bureau, Ministry of Health of the Russian
Federation, Dr. Teiji Takei, MHLW Assistant Minister for
Global Health and Welfare, and Mr. Takeshi Matsunaga,
Embassy of Japan in Russia. In addition, 1167 healthcare
professionals from all over Russia attended the symposium
virtually.

Supported by the MHLW since 2017, Olympus
has provided its endoscopic systems for the Endoscopic
Training Center at Pirogov Russian National Research Medical
University, in addition to supporting training activities
with Japanese physicians serving as instructors. The
Japan-Russia Medical Cooperation Promotion Project is one of
such initiatives by Olympus that MHLW has supported. Moving
forward, Olympus will continue to assist with the training
of Russian endoscopists, aiming to spread the application of
endoscopic diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

(1)
Selection was made in June, 2020

(2) Preventive
program centered around cancers in the Russian government’s
national “Healthcare project” that aims to reform its
healthcare system. The program, which is promoted by the
directors from the two major cancer centers mentioned above,
targets an early cancer detection rate of 63% or greater,
5-year survival rate of 60% or greater, and a mortality rate
of 17.3% or less. Colorectal cancer is currently the second
most prevalent type of cancer in Russia.

(3) A general
incorporated institution whose mission is to help spread
access to Japan’s world-class endoscopy and other medical
technologies throughout Asia by providing human resource
training support and medical-related education, and by
contributing to the development of academic research.
(Chairman: Seigo Kitano, President of Oita
University)

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