To support practitioners in the region, NCCN collaborates with the African Cancer Coalition (ACC) to create the NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ for Sub-Saharan Africa to provide treatment recommendations that are more specific to the region. This collaboration also includes the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI).
The ACC comprises oncologists from Sub-Saharan Africa who are working together to improve access to high-quality cancer treatment. Co-chaired by Honorable Minister Isaac Adewole, Nigeria’s Health Minister, and Dr. Jackson Orem, Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, the Coalition consists of more than 100 oncologists and other multidisciplinary cancer care physicians from over 30 hospitals, Universities, and Ministries of Health in 13 Sub-Saharan African countries. This initiative spans national borders and countries within Africa in a collaborative effort.
The knowledge that the ACC representatives bring to the table is extensive and invaluable. They know the challenges and many solutions to delivering cancer care in resource-constrained environments. Any success in the effort to improve oncology care in
Africa is largely thanks to the dedication and participation of NCCN’s African colleagues.
In 2019, the ACC, NCCN, ACS, and CHAI joined together to form Allied Against Cancer. This coalition is leveraging the strengths of each organization to partner with and empower the African oncology community to deliver high-quality cancer care, while continually seeking ways to advance health system capacity and improve access for all patients.
The New York Times has published an article about this collaboration: “As Cancer Tears Through Africa, Drug Makers Draw Up a Battle Plan”