Cancer Knows No Borders

Rwanda is a country of nearly 12 million people, the most densely populated country in Africa and one of the poorest in the world.

In 2011 there was no cancer care available in Rwanda.  None.

Rwanda 16There were no oncologists, no oncology nurses, no pathology, and no treatment options.  If you had cancer in Rwanda, you died from your disease nearly 100% of the time.  Even cancers with an 80% cure rate in the U.S. were death sentences in Rwanda.  Rwanda 12

Should Geography determine who dies from cancer and who is cured?

With generous donations from people like you JGCF granted Partners in Health (PIH) $1.5 million to bring treatment and hope to children suffering from cancer in Rwanda.  This anchor grant was the catalyst that enabled PIH and the Rwandan Ministry of Health – alongside the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital – to open the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence (BCCOE) in Burera District, Rwanda in 2012 and establish live-saving oncology services.

Now, patients seeking treatment at the BCCOE receive the full spectrum of care, including screening, diagnosis, chemotherapy, surgery, patient follow-up, palliative care, a pathology lab, mental health and social work services, and socioeconomic support, such as food, transportation, home visits, and community health worker accompaniment.

Rwanda 14Your gift today will help ensure global access to basic cancer care.


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