Ntuthu Somdyala PhD Fellow, Masters in Development Studies, BACur in Nursing Science, General Nurse & Midwife

South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Population-Based Rural Cancer Registry, Cancer Surveillance, Capacity Development, Mentoring, Cancer Awareness, Prevention and Early Detection


Ntuthu Somdyala is a specialist in cancer surveillance, epidemiology, and prevention. She is integrally involved in the establishment and continued development of a population-based cancer registry in a rural Eastern Cape Province population of South Africa. The registry contributes to Cancer Incidence in Five Continents (CI5), which is published by WHO-International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The registry is a full member of the IARC as well as the African Cancer Registry Network (AFCRN), participating in various collaborative studies through the network. The registry also collaborates with Eastern Cape Health Department to increase awareness about cancer and early detection with special emphasis on esophageal and cervical cancers. Capacity development and skills transfer is one of the major project-strengthening strategies of the registry team. Ms. Somdyala personally develops and mentors the registry team, including young Research Assistants.


South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) Burden of Disease Research Unit Senior Scientist