Rwanda's Comprehensive and Bold Focus on Cancer: Part I

From A View From The Cave Mon Dec 3 2012, 08:00:00

The following post is written in conjunction with PRI The World's series on cancer. Go here to learn more..

A recent WHO assessment of Rwanda's capacity to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) found that country failed on every measure. Except for having a branch in the Ministry of Health that addresses NCDs. In between the lines of the assessment, and captured within the Ministry of Health, is a major push by Rwanda to take on cancer.

The Rwandan Ministry of Health is implementing preventative structures to reduce the incidence of cancer. For women, that means improving access to breast cancer screenings and a national HPV plan. Cancer is responsible for 5% of deaths in Rwanda each year. As a point of comparison, cancer is accounts for 23% of all deaths in the United States.

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