The inaugural Cancer Diagnostics Co-Creation Sprint: Kumasi brought together teams of diagnostic companies, start-ups, and local innovators with end users, governments, healthcare institutions and city stakeholders to conceptualise and design relevant solutions to address the access gap to cancer diagnostics.
The robust discussions throughout the Co-Creation Sprint have led to promising ideas—some will be integrated into ongoing initiatives in Kumasi, and others have the potential to develop into future new initiatives for the city—with learnings also to be shared across the C/Can city network.Download Report
A city initiative to strengthen timely and accurate cancer diagnosis implemented in cooperation with City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Define the next chapter in Quality Improvement for anatomic pathology in Kumasi – and help shape the vision for what good quality looks like. Together with solution providers and local end users, brainstorm, uncover, and ideate solutions to support the implementation of Quality Assurance more seamlessly, cost-effectively and rapidly across Kumasi’s network of laboratories. Then take your thinking beyond QA, and help to develop concrete, locally-adapted Quality Improvement initiatives, built around workflows, incentive systems, software, tools, equipment and technologies.
The continuous progress in local cancer care systems is opening the door to the introduction of PET imaging in the region-where none currently exists anywhere in West Africa. Seize this early opportunity and turn a seed of an idea into an articulated vision and mission for a new local alliance for equitable diagnostic imaging in Ghana and the region of Ashanti. In collaboration with government leaders, private companies, development agencies and academic experts, assess and examine the potential pitfalls and key success factors to building an efficient system-approach that champions and enables equitable access to medical imaging and nuclear medicine.
Equipment failure, breakdown and its recurring maintenance are a source of high and unpredictable costs, as well as causing massive disruption and delay to the delivery of quality diagnostic services for cancer patients. Rethink how to proactively optimise equipment utilisation, prevent equipment breakdown, and reduce repair turnaround times with a more elegant, usable system built on capacity development, strengthened procedures, transparency between local stakeholders and equipment manufacturers, vendor-neutrality, and reduced dependency on long term external support.