CancerAware Nigeria: Fighting Cancer One Project At A Time

Cancer Aware Nigeria LUTH ProjectIt was not long after CancerAware Nigeria started as an NGO that we quickly came to accept the realities of being a non-profit in the country and the huge importance of our work. Soon, it became obvious that to fight the growing cancer rate in Nigeria, one would need to go beyond the cancer walks and gala nights to the tangible and intangible nature of cancer, mainly the availability and access to treatment facilities.

As such, we embarked on a needs assessment in Lagos state at the Oncology and Radiotherapy Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). The choice of LUTH as a beneficiary of our intended project was a simple one; with the limited number of functional cancer centers in Nigeria, the hospital caters to a large number of patients on a daily basis.

What quickly became apparent during our assessment exercise was that although the needs of cancer patients in Nigeria were multi-dimensional and huge, the infrastructural challenges facing the medical personnel was equally as essential and vital to our cancer intervention strategy for Nigeria.

Our extensive renovation project of the cancer unit at LUTH was completed in under 3 weeks and included the donation of furniture, medical equipment and a general overhaul of the facility. The project was implemented with the financial support of APM Terminals Apapa, who solely sponsored it.

The handing over ceremony which took place just in time for Christmas was held on Monday, the 21st of December 2015 and was well attended by officials of the hospital, CancerAware Nigeria and APM Terminals Apapa. While giving the attendees a tour of the newly renovated facilities, Dr. Alabi, a consultant oncologist at the department said the new look of the unit was already having a positive impact on the patients and staff of the facility.

The Head of Radiotherapy and Oncology Department of LUTH, Prof. Remi Ajekigbe commended CancerAware Nigeria for its commitment to the fight against cancer in the country and also for undertaking the project. He also thanked the management of APM Terminals Apapa for their financial support of the project.

Chemotherapy Suite

Chemotherapy Suite

Consultation Room 1

Consultation Room 1

Examination Room

Examination Room

Guests taking a tour of the unit

Guests taking a tour of the unit

Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans

Light Fixtures and Ceiling Fans

New Nurses Station

New Nurses Station

Reception Area

Reception Area

Waiting Area

Waiting Area

With Staff of the Oncology Department

With Staff of the Oncology Department

This project has given more practical insight into the challenges faced by cancer patients in Nigeria as well as of the medical personnel who treat them. It is part of our short term objectives to scale this project up and create more impact across the country.

About CancerAware Nigeria
CancerAware Nigeria is a Lagos based cancer intervention non-profit that is focused on creating
meaningful change in the area of cancer in Nigeria.

To sponsor our campaigns/events or for more information about how to get involved in volunteering
your time or resources to create this change, email talk@canceraware.org.ng or call 08188046560

Website: canceraware.org.ng
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5 Comments on CancerAware Nigeria: Fighting Cancer One Project At A Time
  • Dr. Julz January 11, 2016 at 10:25 am

    More corporations should support worthy causes like this. We cannot continue to rely on the government. We must realize we deserve more and work together to make it happen. we have to be the change from the people to the top. Well done CancerAware Nigeria.

  • halyma January 11, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Commendable efforts in the face of very poor services in Nigeria especially govt owned hospitals.
    Please I would like to ask and probably put it out there…is the radiotherapy equipment in LUTH now working? It has been down since God knows when and the only functional one at Eko hospital in the whole of Lagos is over crowded. It broke down during my treatment 2014/15 and we had to wait till it was fixed months after…I just wondered what happens to those with emergencies and they can’t afford to g to other states.
    It’s good to see NGOs trying to fill this Gaps because believe it or not breast (and other forms of) cancer is(are) on th rise in our country but we do not yet see it as as priority.

    • Jumoke January 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      I just got to learn today that the Radiotherapy machine at Benin is now working.

  • Next2New Bridal January 11, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Sadly, the radiotherapy equipment isn’t working yet. I heard Abuja’s broken down as well. Every1 who can’t afford Eko hospital or the waiting time has to go to Sokoto! Only Sokoto has the surviving equipment. Please support Cancer Aware Nigeria in our daily support of patients. Thank you.

  • Krys January 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    This is a large step forward in the fight against cancer in not only Nigeria, but in Africa! I pray that they press on in this initiative and I strongly believe by Gods grace they lives will be saved. Press on guys! Marvelous job!

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