We are committed to developing a comprehensive, sustainable cancer care program in northern Tanzania. Working in partnership with local and international partners, we plan to develop preventive programs, screening and education services, treatment facilities and staff, and palliative care offerings.
SHORT TERM VISION
Our immediate objective is to build the Cancer Care Institute (CCI), a brand-new medical oncology clinic located at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Moshi. The first-phase CCI will boast two exam rooms, six infusion bays, a lab, and other support spaces. It will also eventually include an on-site hostel for in-patient families, because accessibility helps encourage patients to complete their treatments.
The CCI will be built in such a way that facilities and treatment capacity can be expanded as funds allow. Eventually it will offer radiation therapy in addition to chemotherapy. (Click here to see estimated Phase I and Phase II costs.)
Construction on the first phase of the CCI will begin in November 2015, but not without the support of our donors and partners! Click here to make a donation today.
LONG TERM VISION
In the long-term, FCCT plans to implement a “hub-and-spoke” model of care that delivers prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care options at every level of the healthcare system in northern Tanzania. The CCI will serve as the “hub” facility, offering the most complex care capabilities; other “spoke” institutes will be installed at existing health centers and dispensaries throughout the Northern Healthcare Zone. Programs for prevention (like HPV vaccinations) will help prevent some cancers altogether. Screening programs will help detect other cancers early, improving mortality rates. Patients who receive diagnoses in rural settings will be referred to the care they need, and FCCT and its partners will offer social supports (like housing) to ensure that patients can afford the complete their treatments. Eventually, this system will have capacity to reach and serve all individuals with cancer in the Northern Healthcare Zone.
Read more about our short and long-term plans in the FCCT White Paper.