CANCER

Cancer
The Issue
Every year, nine and a half million people die of cancer globally. Seventy percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and are often from forms of the disease that are preventable or treatable, such as breast and cervical cancer. Lack of information and inadequate care mean that many cancer patients do not seek treatment until it is too late. When they do, healthcare facilities are frequently not equipped with the right tools, medications, or trained workers. Drugs and diagnostics are often poor quality and unaffordable. As a result, cancer is more than twice as lethal in low- and middle-income countries as it is in the United States.
CHAI's Approach

In 2015, CHAI began partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to increase access to high-quality and affordable treatment, improve health worker capacity, and help governments establish plans to comprehensively manage the disease. In 2017, CHAI and ACS announced a groundbreaking agreement with pharmaceutical manufacturers Pfizer, Inc. and Cipla, Inc. to expand access to 16 essential cancer medications in Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania – countries which represent 42 percent of cancer cases in sub-Saharan Africa. We are working with governments to better understand their cancer treatment needs and expand cancer services, as well as train health workers on effective treatments and diagnosis. We are helping countries to close the gap on cervical cancer, which is almost entirely preventable through a combination of vaccination and timely screening, by supporting them to include the HPV vaccine in the regular course of vaccinations that young girls receive.

Results
50%
savings on 16 essential cancer treatments
2x
more breast cancer patients treated in Ethiopia
Our Work
A health worker in Rwanda organizes blood samples.

December 20, 2019

4 Highlights from 2019: A year of partnerships

  CHAI is proud of the progress that we have made over the past year to address health issues in low- and middle-income countries. We have not made that progress alone. We work closely with governments, other organizations and community groups, as well as the private sector, to save lives and reduce the burden of...

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Cover of the 2018 Annual Report

November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

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A healthcare worker sits with a patient. Photo provided courtesy of ACS

November 11, 2019

CHAI and partners establish new alliance to help fight cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

Allied Against Cancer will work to improve access to high-quality cancer treatment ARMONK, NY, Nov. 11, 2019 — IBM (NYSE: IBM), American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), today announced a new alliance to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa...

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October 29, 2019

Nigeria launches public-private partnership to ensure affordable access to high-quality chemotherapies at seven teaching hospitals

ABUJA, NIGERIA, Oct. 29, 2019 — Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health today announced an innovative partnership to deliver lifesaving chemotherapies for cancer treatment to seven teaching hospitals throughout the country. As a result of the partnership, Nigerians are expected to save up to 50 percent of their treatment costs, enabling thousands of additional patients to...

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A health worker in Rwanda organizes blood samples.

December 20, 2019

4 Highlights from 2019: A year of partnerships

  CHAI is proud of the progress that we have made over the past year to address health issues in low- and middle-income countries. We have not made that progress alone. We work closely with governments, other organizations and community groups, as well as the private sector, to save lives and reduce the burden of...

Read More
Cover of the 2018 Annual Report

November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

Read More
A healthcare worker sits with a patient. Photo provided courtesy of ACS

November 11, 2019

CHAI and partners establish new alliance to help fight cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

Allied Against Cancer will work to improve access to high-quality cancer treatment ARMONK, NY, Nov. 11, 2019 — IBM (NYSE: IBM), American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), today announced a new alliance to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa...

Read More

October 29, 2019

Nigeria launches public-private partnership to ensure affordable access to high-quality chemotherapies at seven teaching hospitals

ABUJA, NIGERIA, Oct. 29, 2019 — Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health today announced an innovative partnership to deliver lifesaving chemotherapies for cancer treatment to seven teaching hospitals throughout the country. As a result of the partnership, Nigerians are expected to save up to 50 percent of their treatment costs, enabling thousands of additional patients to...

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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