Meet Vito Vito Chiwala is 36 years old living in the rural village of Mwandoma, Malawi. In 2001, his legs began to give him problems. Not being able to walk prevented him from going to work on the farm and his wife became his caretaker and the primary breadwinner of their family. Unable to work, […]
Meet Subash: Subash Sarki is a 14-year boy living with his family in the Ramechap district of Nepal. In 2016, Subash’s father took him to the hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, when his son started to feel pain in his arms and legs that prevented him from walking. At the hospital, Subash was diagnosed with lymphoblastic […]
Released by The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission) in September 2020, this landmark report highlights key findings and recommendations demonstrating the magnitude and pattern of the NCDI burden in several low and low-middle income countries (LLMICs) in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia as well as emphasizing the disparities existing in care and resources available for NCDs and injuries.
This is the first publication on cancer control and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa. It reflects an advocacy and policy perspective on the status of national cancer control planning efforts in the African region with a view to including cancer in UHC plans across the continent.
Each chapter ‘spotlights’ current status of a specific aspect of cancer control, challenges and gaps in each area as well as policy recommendations for improvement to achieve the ‘Health for All’ vision of Universal Health Coverage.
Meet Wondu Wondu is an inspiring community advocate for people living with cancer in Ethiopia. After losing a young son to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Wondu founded the Mathios Wondu Cancer Society in his son’s name. The aim of the organization is to provide care, treatment, and social support to women, children, and other vulnerable […]
Meet Muna & Babesh Babesh is a five-year-old boy receiving treatment for stage four neuroblastoma in Kathmandu, Nepal. His family’s home is in Itahari, nine hours by car from Kathmandu. After Babesh was diagnosed, he and his mother Muna moved to a small apartment in Kathmandu so that he could receive treatment. His father works […]
Meet Fortuna Fortuna Messaye is a 14-year-old girl from a small rural village in Ethiopia. Four years ago, she started to feel extremely tired and lightheaded. As the local hospital did not have the equipment needed to diagnose or treat her illness, she and her mother traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital city. After visiting […]
Nigist’s Story Nigist Dageto is 35 years old and lives in the Wolayta District of Ethiopia. A few years ago, she noticed that a lump had formed in her armpit and she went to the hospital to have it checked out. Upon further examination, the doctor informed Nigist that she had breast cancer, and she […]
In honor of World Cancer Day 2018, NCD Synergies and the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission are sharing video narratives of four people living with cancer in rural Ethiopia and Nepal. Their stories, part of the Voices of NCDI Poverty initiative, highlight the importance of addressing the equity gap in access to cancer services among the world's poorest populations.
This report synthesizes the main themes covered during a World Bank hosted South-South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE) on Cancer Care and Control in Africa in 2015, that aimed to increase knowledge and uptake of effective strategies, and bolster regional collaboration through peer-to-peer learning.