The Tanzanian health ministry has received a big boost for its fight against rising cancer, especially among the most vulnerable groups.
This week, the government signed an aid agreement with the Aga Khan Health Services and the French Development Agency. This is worth a whooping Sh 38 billion for the Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project ( TCCP) that aims at enhancing efforts to contain cancer in the country.
The deputy minister of Health, Dr Faustine Ndugulile attended the signing ceremony which was also attended by all key stakeholders including representatives of the Aga Khan Health Services and other development partners.
According to Dr Harrison Chuwa, a consulting oncologist at the Aga Khan Hospital and a director of the TCCP, the four-year project plan is designed to reduce death through cancer in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.
So far the hospital attends to 64 000 cancer patients a year, up from 30 000 in 2015. Dr Chuwa said the programme will focus on the enhanced performance and expand the outreach programme countrywide. In this regard, the Aga Khan Health Services would work closely with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health to fight the spread of cancer.