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Cancer is the third most common cause of death due to chronic non-communicable diseases in Kenya, and 70 percent of diagnoses made in the country are in advanced stages. By joining C/Can, Nairobi’s city leaders will strive improve access to oncological care, in close cooperation with international experts and interested organisations"
  • Joined C/CAN

    January 2022

  • Projects


  • Phase

    Needs Assessment


Why it matters

  • 149.2
    Cancer incidence rate (per 100,000)
  • 4.4 M
    Nairobi population
  • 103.2
    Cancer mortality rate (per 100,000)

Needs and challenges in Nairobi

A multidisciplinary technical committee of local experts and institutions is currently undertaking an analysis of the state of cancer care in the city and identifying essential priorities.

Johnson Arthur Sakaja CBS

I applaud the significant efforts from all parties, including the Ministry of Health and C/Can, to achieve agreement on this MoU. We must use this important milestone as momentum to strengthen our health systems, enhance the capacity of our health workforce and innovate solutions that meet the needs of our cancer patients. To do this, we must all work together: government, hospitals, universities, private partners, and civil society.

Johnson Arthur Sakaja CBS
Nairobi City Council Governor
Hon Susan N. Wafula

The Ministry of Health is looking forward to working collaboratively with C/Can, Nairobi County and all key stakeholders to co-create innovative solutions that will improve access to early cancer diagnosis and management and enable achievement of our strategic goals in reducing the overall cancer burden in Nairobi County and beyond.

Hon Susan N. Wafula
Cabinet Secretary for Health

Nairobi Stakeholders

Nairobi City County Government
Amref Health Africa
Ministry of Health
National Cancer Institute of Kenya
Kenya Medical Research Institute
National Hospital Insurance Fund
Pharmacy & Poisons Board
Kenya Medical Supplies Authority
Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association
NCDs Alliance of Kenya
Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations-KENCO
Elewa Cancer Foundation
Kenyatta National Hospital
Kenyatta University Teaching Referral & Research Hospital
Kenyatta University
University of Nairobi
Kenya Medical Training College
National Nurses Association of Kenya
Kenya Medical Association
Kenya Healthcare Federation
Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya
Kenyatta National Hospital
Kenya Society of Hematologist & Oncologist
Women for Cancer Early Detection and Treatment

Nairobi City County Government
National Cancer Institute of Kenya
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Ministry of Health
National Cancer Institute of Kenya
University of Nairobi
Kenya Nuclear Regulatory Authority
Kenyatta National Hospital
Kenyatta National Hospital/ Texas
Aga khan University Hospital
University of Nairobi
Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya
National Cancer Control Program
Women for cancer early detection & treatment
Ministry of Health

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