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.
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.
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.