City project

Improvement in capacity and quality of cancer treatment

Ensuring availability and access to quality, safe and affordable cancer medicines in Kigali.
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Project lead
Dr Francois Uwinkindi

The challenge

Kigali’s situation analysis revealed a number of challenges related to oncology medicines. These included a lack of adequate facilities to provide medical oncology services in referral hospitals; no essential oncology medicines list tailored to the local context for adults and children; limited financial coverage of oncology medicines through medical insurance; no clear referral pathways and multidisciplinary management for cancer patients; inadequate preparation of chemotherapy, and limited awareness among the population and health professionals around the subject ofon cancer therapy.

The goal

To ensure availability and access to quality, safe and affordable cancer medicines.


A local multidisciplinary and inter-institutional team was assembled to coordinate the development of the various project outputs, in consultation with local and external experts nominated by the technical cooperation partners of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can). The selected project team members conducted scientific visits to the Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Tanzania, which was nominated by the project team. The final outputs will be endorsed by the City Executive Committee and the relevant authorities for implementation.


  • Adaptation of an essential oncology medicines list for Kigali and the implementation of optimal standards of clinical practice for prioritised cancers (breast, cervix, prostate, colorectal and paediatric leukaemia).
  • Establishment of minimum operating requirements to provide medical oncology services in hospitals.


Project Lead (City Activity Coordinator)
Dr Francois Uwinkindi
Project Coordinator
Dr Theoneste Maniragaba
Project team
Gilbert Dennis Muhizi
Claire Umubyeyi
Dr Theoneste Maniragaba

This project has made huge strides in implementing international standards and operating requirements for treating cancer in Kigali, as well as ensuring the availability and access to cancer medicines.

Dr Theoneste Maniragaba
Clinical Oncologist at Rwanda Military Hospital

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