Nairobi’s cancer care institutions are leading change by collectively identifying and addressing urgent care gaps

Kenya, like many other low-income countries, is facing a rising cancer burden. Non-communicable diseases are the third leading cause of death in the country, with 70 percent of cases diagnosed at advanced stages when treatment options are limited.

To tackle this issue, health facilities, local cancer care stakeholders and patients have come together as part of Nairobi’s work with the City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) to collate data that will demonstrate the most urgent cancer care gaps. This city-wide needs assessment will provide a firm understanding of how to prioritise and address improvements across the care continuum.

Ms. Suzane Silantoi, Chair of the City Executive Committee for C/Can in Nairobi and CECM Health Wellness and Nutrition Sector for Nairobi City County said

I am greatly impressed by the commitment that has been shown by our hospitals, civil society organisations and members of the cancer community. Building a sound analysis of our cancer care landscape means that we can lead on addressing challenges in a way that is tailored and adapted to the urgent needs in our County.

Those participating in the study include 23 health facilities, 20 civil society organisations, the leadership of the Nairobi City County, the Ministry of Health and 245 cancer patients and survivors.

The needs assessment will provide a deeper understanding on the capacity of four key areas that including core cancer diagnostic services, core cancer treatment services, quality and management and community and patient access to care. The results will be the foundation for multiple cancer care projects to be shaped and implemented as a result of the collaboration with C/Can.

Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo, Regional Director for Africa & Europe, said

Nairobi is demonstrating what it truly means to lead change locally. I would like to give special recognition to our City Executive Committee and Technical leads that have championed the initiative to spearhead this vital data collection.

The City Executive Committee is the governance structure in Nairobi, responsible for the local C/Can decision-making process. They will lead on the prioritisation and development of cancer care solutions following the needs assessment phase which will be carried out by an individual project team.

You can find out more about the C/Can approach here.

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