The Foundation for Cancer Care in Tanzania’s (FCCT’s) vision of a comprehensive and sustainable cancer care system that serves cancer patients across the northern healthcare zone of Tanzania is based on a “hub and spoke” community model, proven to be a successful healthcare model in low-resource countries. This model envisions local dispensaries and local and regional healthcare centers connected to the Cancer Care Centre to ensure that cancer care is accessible across the four-region northern healthcare zone.

The first phases of FCCT’s work have focused especially on building treatment capacity at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), the “hub” in this model.

Phase I


Completed (2015 – 2017)

In December 2016, the KCMC Helmut & Rotraut Diefenthal Cancer Care Centre and the KCMC Mark & Linda Jacobson Infusion Centre opened to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the 15+ million people of Northern Tanzania.

Every year, the Cancer Care Centre

  • Evaluates more than 800 new patients
  • Administers chemotherapy infusions to more than 500 patients
  • Conducts nearly 7,000 patient visits

With the investment in Phase 1, essential services are now available to patients who previously had no access to this type of screening and care.