Expanding access to cancer care in Africa
The patient journey begins with understanding disease burdens and risk factors and knowing options for care.
Early, accurate cancer diagnosis can significantly increase a patient’s chance of survival. However, many hospitals in Africa are not equipped with the machines or operating technicians needed to meet demand.
The average five year survival rate for early stage breast cancer diagnosis is 98.8% versus 26% for later or advanced stage.
Yet, in some African countries, as many as 80% of patients are diagnosed at late-to-end stage.
Too often, patients are turned away or go into debt because they cannot afford proper cancer care.
Medical insurance schemes cover less than 8% of the population in Africa.
Patients in Africa frequently travel many miles – sometimes by foot – to the closest hospital, only to be turned away because there are no oncologists available. Africa’s health infrastructure does not have the capacity to meet rising need for oncological care.
The current healthcare workforce in Sub-Saharan Africa would need to be scaled up by as much as 140% to meet existing need.