CANCER

Cancer
The Issue
Every year, nine and a half million people die of cancer globally. Seventy percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries and are often from forms of the disease that are preventable or treatable, such as breast and cervical cancer. Lack of information and inadequate care mean that many cancer patients do not seek treatment until it is too late. When they do, healthcare facilities are frequently not equipped with the right tools, medications, or trained workers. Drugs and diagnostics are often poor quality and unaffordable. As a result, cancer is more than twice as lethal in low- and middle-income countries as it is in the United States.
CHAI's Approach

In 2015, CHAI began partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to increase access to high-quality and affordable treatment, strengthen health worker capacity, and help governments establish plans to comprehensively manage the disease. In 2017, CHAI and ACS announced a groundbreaking agreement with pharmaceutical manufacturers, which was then expanded in 2020. With individual agreements with Mylan, Novartis, and Pfizer, Inc., the Cancer Access Partnership increases access to 20 lifesaving cancer treatments in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The agreements will result in significant savings on high-quality medicines, including chemotherapy regimens for the three cancers that cause the most deaths in Africa-- breast, cervical, and prostate. Learn more about the partnership here.

We are also working with governments to better understand their cancer treatment needs and expand services, as well as train health workers on effective treatments and diagnosis. We are helping countries to close the gap on cervical cancer, which is almost entirely preventable through vaccination and timely screening, by supporting them to include the HPV vaccine in the regular course of vaccinations that young girls receive.

Results
59%
savings on 20 essential cancer treatments
2x
more breast cancer patients treated in Ethiopia
Our Work

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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Join Our Team

CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

View All CHAI Positions View Program Positions