Increased Access to Cancer Treatments across Africa, Asia & Latin America
To expand access to an affordable portfolio of essential oncology treatments in selected countries across Africa, Asia & Latin America
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- Expand access to eleven essential cancer medications in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and is responsible for an estimated 9.6 million deaths in 2018. Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries. Late-stage presentation and inaccessible diagnosis and treatment are common. In 2017, only 26% of low-income countries reported having pathology services generally available in the public sector. More than 90% of high-income countries reported treatment services are available compared to less than 30% of low-income countries. This leads to very low 5-year survival rates in low-income countries. In addition, only 1 in 5 low- and middle-income countries have the necessary data to drive cancer policy. (i).
In collaboration with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the American Cancer Society, the partnership is focused on:
- Ensure affordable access to essential medicines, technology and infrastructure.
- Improve procurement planning
and forecasting by leveraging innovative technology
- Provide access to high-quality, essential medicines and a secure supply chain
"At Pfizer, we are proud to work with the American Cancer Society and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to improve the availability of these crucial treatments for patients."
Results and milestones
The program has officially been launched across sub-Sahara Africa with patients treated in Nigeria & Ethiopia. We are expecting to expand the program across Africa and to selected countries in Asia and Latin America.
- South-East Asia
- Non-communicable diseases
- People with low incomes
SGDs the partnership contributes to
- 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
- 3.C: Health workforce
Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
American Cancer Society
- United Republic of Tanzania