KUMASI CITY CANCER CHALLENGE INITIATIVE MAKES IMPACT

Mr. Abubakari Jaliu addressing the gathering
Dignitaries at the C/CAN Achievement Workshop.
Stakeholders at Workshop
Mr. Abubakari Jaliu addressing the gathering
Dignitaries at the C/CAN Achievement Workshop.
Stakeholders at Workshop
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KUMASI CITY CANCER CHALLENGE INITIATIVE MAKES IMPACT

The Kumasi City Cancer Challenge Initiative, under the auspices of the City Cancer Challenge (C/CAN) Foundation is making giant strides in the fight against cancer diseases in Kumasi and beyond.

Initiated in 2018, the Kumasi City Cancer Initiative which is apparently the first city cancer initiative in Africa has stepped forward in health system and care improvements for patients in and outside the city.

Since inception of the cancer initiative, it has increased chances of survival for childhood cancer patients by bringing timely referrals for suspected cases from 1% to 25%.

Sharing milestone by C/CAN with stakeholders at the C/CAN Achievement Workshop held in Kumasi on Tuesday April 30, 2024, Mr. Abubakari Jaliu, City Manager of Kumasi City Cancer Challenge Initiative stated that, "great strides have been made in improving cancer care and streamlining the patient journey from point of diagnosis to treatment in Kumasi".

He was of the view that, with renewed commitment from local stakeholders coupled with supports from funders, there would be more progress to come in future.

Significantly, the C/CAN have been able to create referral network of 24 institutions, training over 120 health professionals on symptoms awareness and designing a tailor-made app based on the previous paper referral system.

Other laudable achievements were procurement of five teaching microscopes, a retrofitted room, and provision of equipment and training at a Nuclear Medical Unit at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in supporting system-readiness for the operation of specialized SPECT-CT machine.