Thought Leadership Series

Through our Hands: Collaborating for a cancer-free world for children and adolescents in Nigeria

By Olubunmi Oyebanji (Lead Writer) On the 15th of February every year, the world observes the International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD). It is a global collaborative campaign designed to raise awareness about childhood cancer and to express support for children and adolescents with cancer, as well as the survivors and their families. A cancer diagnosis […]

Press Release

Roche Restates Commitment To Fight Cancer In Nigeria

Global pharmaceutical company Roche has restated its commitment to improve outcomes for everyone affected by cancer in Nigeria. This is as the company has consistently invested resources to ensure that patients with breast cancer, the most frequently occurring and most common cause of cancer death in Nigeria, are properly diagnosed and treated. In a press […]

Torchlight Series

If you build it, they will come; The organisations transforming cancer care in Nigeria

By Ada Ezeokoli & Beti Baiye (Lead Writers) In the story below, Nigeria Health Watch Graphics and Design Editor, Samuel Gada, shares his father’s cancer diagnosis and treatment journey: “I’m sorry to tell you Mr Gada, but you have cancer.” Those eleven words changed the course of my life forever. It felt like a punch […]

Health Press Release

Merck Foundation marks World Cancer Day by increasing the limited number of oncologists in Africa

Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany marks ‘World Cancer Day 2019’ themed ‘I am and I will’ through their Cancer Access Program with the aim to improve patient’s access to quality and equitable cancer care in Africa. “We are committed to lead Africa to a better future through changing the landscape of Cancer care […]

Health Thought Leadership Series

Data as Key to Better Cancer Care in Nigeria: Medicaid Cancer Foundation 2nd Annual Summit

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in developed countries and among the top three leading causes of death in developing countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that about 24.6 million people live with cancer globally, with an alarming 12.5% of all deaths worldwide attributable to cancer. If this trend continues, it […]

Africa Diaspora Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Cancer treatment in Nigeria – time for a paradigm shift?

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You may have noticed the pink fests in many Nigerian cities. Yet, beyond all the pink is deep anxiety, that if one does get cancer in Nigeria, your chances are indeed very bleak. With all the pink in town, we saw or heard very little in terms of concrete steps […]

Africa Nigeria Thought Leadership Series Visits to Health Projects

Introducing Cervical Cancer Screening in Nigeria through a Social Franchise Project

Cervical Cancer is the most common female cancer in developing countries, with approximately 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths each year. In Nigeria, it is the second most frequent cancer in women, after breast cancer. Around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. Women in developing countries suffer disproportionately from the […]