Community Outreach Committee
Globally, cancer is among the leading causes of mortality. In 2018, 9.6 million lives were lost to cancer of which over 70% occurred in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) where limited access to cancer care and overwhelming late disease presentations negatively impact cancer related survival and quality of life. Moreover, globally, new cancer cases are expected to increase from 18.1 million in 2018 to 21.4 million by 2030. In settings of poor health care systems and impoverished communities, the scarcity of and limited access to diagnostic and treatment modalities negatively impacts health outcomes and undermines achievement of the universal health care coverage (UHC) targets.
KESHO works very closely with the Ministry of Health in Kenya as well as advocacy organizations to advance the care of patients with cancer in patient-driven ways that focus on quality of care and quality of life.
The Community Outreach sub-Committee is currently led by Dr Zipporah Ali, a renowned Palliative Care Specialist and Advocate.