The Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania (FCCT), founded in 2014 and based in the Twin Cities, was established to enhance access to cancer care Tanzania and improve the lives of those suﬀering with the disease.
Together with regional and internationals partners, FCCT is working to develop prevention and detection services, diagnostic and treatment services and palliative care services in Tanzania.
Tanzania is one of the world’s poorest countries and is experiencing a rapid increase in cancer cases. Because access to prevention and treatment is limited, the rate of death among cancer patients exceeds 80%. The situation is particularly tragic for children whose cancers would have a high rate of curability if they live in the United States.
FCCT is working in Tanzania because the organization believes hope and dignity should not commodities reserved for the global elite - rather, they are fundamental human rights, deserved by all.
Prior to FCCT’s involvement, Tanzania had just two cancer care facilities to serve a population of over 50 million. Northern Tanzania lacked any designated cancer care facilities whatsoever for its 15 million people. Resources for screening, early detection and treatment are lacking in Tanzania as is funding for awareness and education.
In 2014, FCCT partnered with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC), a large referral hospital located in northern Tanzania, on the development of a comprehensive, sustainable cancer centre.
Through programs for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care, this system will reduce cancer morbidity and mortality rates for northern Tanzanians of all ages.
The Foundation is making signiﬁcant progress in bringing modern cancer care to a country without many basic necessities.
- Preventing disease | Educational programs, such as PrevaCamp, have been created to screen and teach the community about cancer awareness.
- Improving diagnosis and treatment | With the opening of a Cancer Care Clinic and Infusion Centre in December 2016, essential equipment as well as preventative and palliative services are available to patients who previously had no access to cancer screening and treatment.
- Providing cancer-speciﬁc inpatient care | Construction of an Inpatient Cancer Ward will provide cancer-speciﬁc care and treatment from physicians and nurses trained to care for cancer patients. Building and equipping a radiation treatment facility is the focus of FCCT’s future work.
- Encouraging completion of treatment | In Tanzania, patients often fail to complete treatment because they cannot aﬀord a place to stay. Building a Family Care Hostel for patients and caregivers receiving treatment at KCMC will provide a home-like environment and social support.