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ACS: GLOBAL PATIENT NAVIGATION

Active Since: 2019

Contributing to SDGs…

The program aims to improve patient support and access to cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa and develop guidance to help low- and middle-income countries adopt similar models of care.

MEMBER COMPANIES

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Academia or research institute

    Emory University

  • Hospitals/Health Facilities

    Kenyatta National Hospital

  • Local NGOs

    American Cancer Society

Objectives

According to the World Health Organization and American Cancer Society, 1 in 6 people die from cancer globally, with cancer-related mortality outnumbering deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.

Through a ~$2 million grant over five years (2019–2023), the partnership will improve patient support and access to cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa and develop guidance to help low- and middle-income countries adopt similar models of care.

The cornerstone of the ACS patient navigation program is the connection between the patient and the patient navigator. These navigators—whether nurses providing cancer education or lay health workers linking patients to transportation services in the community—play a vital role by supporting patients from the point of diagnosis at a health facility through their treatment journey.

In 2015, ACS partnered with Kenya’s only comprehensive cancer care facility — Kenyatta National Hospital — to identify the challenges patients face accessing cancer care services at the hospital and introduce patient navigation as a potential solution.

With support from the MSD* Foundation, ACS plans to:
• Continue the successful patient navigation model at Kenyatta National Hospital
• Bring the tools and resources that have been developed in Kenya to a high-need facility in Uganda — The Uganda Cancer Institute — which serves about 200 patients daily
• Create a comprehensive guide to patient navigation program development and implementation for health facilities in low- and middle-income countries
• Pilot the guide in health institutions in Asia and Latin America

Through this partnership, ACS aims to demonstrate that patient navigation can be effective and viable for resource-limited health institutions and can be fully integrated into the way each institution delivers cancer care for sustainability.

ACS will work with the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta to evaluate the implementation of the patient navigation programs in Kenya and Uganda as well as the pilot of the program design guide and toolkit. The evaluation team will disseminate its findings to the global cancer community and other interested stakeholders to advance the field’s knowledge of how to effectively support cancer patients in resource-limited settings.

*MSD is known as Merck & Co, Inc. in the U.S. and Canada.

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals