City Cancer Challenge Regional director for Africa visited Kigali

City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) Regional Director for Africa Ms Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo on Monday 23 September 2019 met in a working session with The Vice Mayor in charge of Socio-economic Affairs in City of Kigali Hon. Umutoni Gatsinzi Nadine and the C/Can Kigali Executive Committee.

The City of Kigali officially joined the City Cancer Challenge Foundation’s network in May 2019, as first the African Challenge City. The City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) is working to improve the delivery of quality, equitable and sustainable cancer solutions

The objective of her visit to the City of Kigali  were: -To introduce herself and discuss the engagement of C/Can Headquarters to support the next steps for C/Can Kigali

-To meet and engage with all key local stakeholder representatives of the Kigali C/Can Executive Committee and discussing the situation analysis report and ongoing city activity planning

-To develop a roadmap of the next steps of the city activities plan to the implementation of prioritised projects, among others.

In her opening remarks, The Vice Mayor in Charge of Socio-Economic Affairs said: “City Cancer challenge is engaging all city stakeholders in the design, planning, and implementation of cancer care solutions. The City of Kigali take the lead on improving the health of its citizens and reducing inequities in access to quality cancer care. That why the need assessment was done to identify challenges and priorities which will guide us in the way of Cancer Care Control in the City of Kigali.”

The Executive Committee gave an update on the city-wide needs assessment that was successfully completed in August. During the process, a total of 126 professionals from 32 institutions and 80 cancer patients actively participated in data collection and preparatory working group meetings. The situation analysis report will be published by early October.

“Through C/Can 2025, the city of Kigali has the opportunity to deliver a more effective cancer treatment solution leveraging existing infrastructure at different levels of the healthcare system in the city, as well as a good partnership with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and civil society, implementing cancer and NCD related activities.” She added

Mrs Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo commended the strong commitment and engagement from high-level national authorities as well as key local stakeholders in the implementation of priority projects to achieve equitable access to quality cancer services in Rwanda.

She said: “C/Can works with cities to make cancer a national priority. Thanks to this initiative, the public and private sector, civil society and, most importantly, cancer patients can sit down at the same table to join forces and work together”

In Kigali, the MoU was signed on March 3rd, 2019 between C/Can, the City of Kigali, Rwanda Palliative Care and Hospice Organization and Polyfam Clinic.

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City Cancer Challenge Regional Director for Africa, Ms Sophie Bussmann-Kemdjo; Vice Mayor In Charge of Socio-Economic Affairs Umutoni Gatsinzi Nadine (at the Center) and Dr François Uwinkindi From RBC