Introducing comprehensive cancer care in a region that currently has almost none isn’t easy. Building a program that is truly sustainable and effective requires a deep understanding of medical and social context. That’s why we’re working in close tandem with doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals in Tanzania. It’s why we’re building the Cancer Care Institute on the campus of Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), and why they will own the center and the programming.  It’s why we’re collaborating closely with the Tanzania Cancer Care Foundation, a Tanzania-based NGO. It’s why we’re building our plans on a pyramid of collaboration, partnership and research.

For example:

  • In spring 2015, we convened eleven working groups around a diversity of cancer care topics ranging from pediatrics to palliation. Each group featured a range of professionals from the Tanzania and the US, and the groups’ conclusions will help shape FCCT’s programming at every level.
  • In April, we held a symposium: “Cancer in Tanzania: Bringing Technology and Care that Works”. Thirty speakers addressed the challenges and opportunities around cancer care in Tanzania.
  • We pulled together our first White Paper outlining the current state of cancer and cancer care in northern Tanzania and what FCCT’s first steps will be. The paper–entitled “Meeting the Challenge of Cancer Care in Northern Tanzania”–is not a doctrine, but a working document meant to reflect the evolving state of cancer care in northern Tanzania. You can view the FCCT White Paper here.