Nigerian Cancer Health Fund
The Nigeria Cancer Health Fund is an innovative way to ensure the affordability of cancer treatments for patients at treatment centers and is a key part of the nation’s efforts to achieve UHC.
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Health insurance in Nigeria is not widespread and does not offer comprehensive cancer care coverage. Many cancer patients have to go without necessary treatments or begin their medical treatment but must stop because they cannot afford the out-of-pocket costs associated with their cancer care. In 2020, Roche led a private-sector coalition which, with the support of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Nigerian public authorities, led to the creation of the Nigerian Cancer Health Fund (CHF). The CHF’s goal is to enable standard of care cancer treatment to underprivileged populations regardless of their ability to pay, and to strengthen the national cancer care ecosystem by improving quality of services. The CHF provides access to funding of up to USD 4,865 for treatments, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy services for people with breast, cervical, and prostate cancers. It is being piloted in designated centers across the country.
Results and milestones
- Since 2020, approximately USD 4 million has been allocated, offering the potential to provide comprehensive care for people with breast, prostate, and cervical cancers.
- Six public health institutions involved in pilot phase, one in each geo-political zone of the country.
- Non-communicable Diseases
- People with low incomes
SGDs the partnership contributes to
- 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
- 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
Tanit Medical Engineering
Medicaid Cancer Foundation
Ministry of Health Nigeria
Nigeria National Health Insurance Scheme
Healthcare Federation of Nigeria
Logistics and Supply Chain
International Finance Corporation (IFC) - World Bank