Oncology Nursing Education in sub-Saharan Africa

This program aims to provide essential training to nurses in Kenya, and eventually in Nigeria, Ghana, and Ethiopia, so that they can provide safe and effective care to cancer patients in those countries.

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The program provides nurses with training on the basics of cancer, the four main treatment modalities, patient support, and an introduction to palliative care, nursing care plans, care and maintenance of central venous access devices, and the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to provide care in a cancer unit.

Nurses play an important role in cancer treatment delivery, symptom and pain management, and provide patients with information and much needed psychological support. There is a shortage of well-trained and qualified nurses in sub-Saharan Africa in both private and public sectors, and especially in oncology.

The results of this program should have an immediate positive impact on cancer care in the sub-Saharan African region. More than 100 nurses in Kenya have received training as of February 2018.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Takeda

Partner(s) Access to Innovative Care Foundation (AICF)

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases

Disease(s) Cancer

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 4

Country(ies) Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria

Start Date 2017

More information Access Accelerated Takeda - Access to Medicines

Anticipated completion date Ongoing