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Rwanda Program Provides Lessons On Providing Cancer Care To Poor

Nature Reviews Cancer: Bringing cancer care to the poor: experiences from Rwanda
Rwanda Health Minister Agnes Binagwaho, Lawrence Shulman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, and Partners in Health

“…[T]he scientific yields of recent decades that have dramatically advanced oncology therapies and saved innumerable lives in developed countries have not reached many of the world’s poor. … To have a major impact on cancer mortality worldwide, we do not need more scientific discoveries but rather the resources, organizational infrastructure, and political will to bring currently available diagnostics and potentially curative treatments to the large proportion of the world’s population who currently do not have access. … In this article, we describe a partnership between the Rwandan Ministry of Health; the NGO Partners In Health; and experts from Boston, USA, in medical oncology, surgical oncology, oncology nursing, pathology, imaging, and other specialties. This partnership aims to strengthen the effort to bring cancer care to Rwanda by supporting Butaro District Hospital…” (Shulman et al., 10/30).