The Working Group (WG) “Pathology in Favour of Developing Countries” was established in 2010 by a proposal from the Italian NGO "Associazione Patologi Oltre Frontiera" (APOF, "Pathologists Beyond Borders Association"), whose aim is to develop projects in developing Countries devoted to anatomic pathology, and to foster local programs of preventive medicine.
The year before, during the European Congress of Pathology held in Florence, Italy, the APOF organized a special session to present and discuss issues related to the management of surgical pathology in low-resource settings. The ESP then decided to continue and develop this experience through a WG specifically dedicated to these topics.
After 2015, the African Association for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) was joined to APOF as a permanent partner of the group, as the AORTIC is an important institution formed in 1983 by expatriate African cancer care professionals dedicated to the promotion of cancer control in Africa.
The main aim of this WG is to offer space to colleagues coming from Developing Countries and give them the possibility to present their professional experience and scientific research, and to involve European pathologists in the development of health cooperation projects devoted to anatomic pathology. This is in order to continue and enlarge this synergy among pathologists coming from different parts of the world, each of them bringing different knowledge.