April 10, 2022 – Princess Zahra Aga Khan, chairperson of the Aga Khan Health Services Board Executive Committee, and Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu, laid the foundation stone for a cancer treatment centre at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The state-of-the-art cancer treatment, expected to be completed in 2024, will benefit up to 1.7 million people in Dar es Salaam and Mwanza regions, receiving up to 125 patients in need of radiation services per day.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan said the event marked the important purpose of the project which was to improve cross-border cancer treatment services in the country.
“Statistics from the UN Cancer Research Organisation show that Tanzania receives 42,000 patients annually with an average death rate of 28,000 per year,” she said. “About 75 percent of these patients are diagnosed in the late stages. This is a major challenge affecting the chances of recovery,” added Princess Zahra.
Ms Stephanie Mouen, the director of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Tanzania, said she believed that by the end of the TCCP project, better diagnostic services would reach 1.7 million beneficiaries in the regions of Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.
“But it will also provide training for health care providers from the grassroots to clinics, as well as increase public awareness of cancer through the media and other means of communication,” said Ms Mouen.
More at source: The Citizen