Partnering in Morocco for lower-income cancer patients

HRH PRincess Lalla Salma and Peter Hug, Head Roche Region EEMEA, visit cancer patients in Rabat, Morocco

An agreement has been signed by Roche Morocco and a major patient organisation to help lower-income cancer patients in Morocco gain access to innovative medicines. Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco, chairwoman of the Lalla Salma Foundation for Cancer Prevention and Treatment, oversaw the signing of the agreement.

The signature ceremony represents the continuation of a successful access programme in Morocco which, since it began in 2009, has helped over 1,500 patients every year receive the innovative anti-cancer therapies they need. Roche was among the first official partners of the Lalla Salma Foundation when it was set up in 2005. This access programme is one of many campaigns led by the Foundation and supported by Roche to make cancer a public health priority in Morocco.

"We are very pleased with this sustainable partnership which will enable Roche in Morocco to contribute to the development of oncology treatment and facilitate the access of Moroccan patients to our innovative medicines against breast cancer and other types of cancer," said Dr Peter Hug, Head of Roche’s Region for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, who co-signed the agreement.  

Prioritising public health

Hug was joined by Roche representatives Dr Bart Vanhauwere, General Manager of Morocco and North Africa, and Ms Sanaa Sayagh, Pharmacist Responsible and Pharmaceutical Director for Morocco.  "We hope to continue to bring our support, under the national anti-cancer plan, to the areas of clinical research, training of health professionals, diagnosis and awareness-raising," Hug added.

Following the signing ceremony, Princess Lalla Salma spent time visiting cancer patients in the Sheikha Fatima Centre in Rabat. Since her establishment of the Lalla Salma Foundation, Princess Lalla Salma – the wife of Morocco’s King, Mohammed VI – has worked hard to improve patient care, promote awareness and make the fight against cancer a public health priority in Morocco.

Roche has worked with the Foundation to help increase cancer awareness and improve access to treatment. We hope that together in partnership with the Lalla Salma Foundation, we will continue to improve the outlook for cancer patients in Morocco.

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