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We are working to build a network of practice systems in Ghana through the concept of a shared care network to improve early diagnosis, treatment and psychosocial support for children with cancer and their families. We are working in collaboration with the Ghana Ministry of Health and its agencies, particularly, Ghana Health Service, CHAG and Teaching Hospitals. This work is made possible through the support of UBS Optimus Foundation, Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, (FCDO), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Alliance Mondiale Contre le Cancer, amongst other partners.​

1,300 children

expected to develop cancer annually in Ghana.

2 hospitals

able to provide full childhood cancer treatment and care.

7 trained

paediatric oncologists in the country

Programme Information


Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra

Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi

Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Accra


Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, UK 


Prof Lorna Renner

Dr Cathy Segbefia

Dr Vivian Paintsil

Dr Nihad Salifu



Dr Emma Johnson


Adwoa Pinamang Boateng Desu

Ghana Country Coordinator

Start Date

October 2010


Around 1,300 new cases of childhood cancer are expected in Ghana each year. Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Accra, and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, in Kumasi, are the major hospitals in the country that provide comprehensive cancer treatment and care. They are followed by Greater Accra Regional Hospital, in Accra, which offers treatment for some types of cancer. There are other shared care centres across the country, which offer some level of cancer management and also act as referral centres. The number of cases diagnosed in Ghana is increasing each year and access to healthcare services is limited for much of the population, so there remains a large number of children who are currently not diagnosed and may never receive any support. 

Key Activities

  • Strengthen Paediatric Oncology at main treatment hospitals and shared care centres
  • Increase access to cancer diagnosis and treatment through increasing the capacity of healthcare staff at main treatment and care hospitals, and shared care centres around the country
  • Advocate for government support of childhood cancer treatment costs
  • Improve the awareness of childhood cancer in communities to encourage earlier diagnosis
  • Develop support systems for families of children with cancer


  • There are only 6 fully trained paediatric oncologists and 29 trained Paediatric Oncology nurses to serve the entire population of over 32 million people

  • Abandonment rates are high as childhood cancer treatment is only minimally covered by the country’s health insurance scheme and costs are prohibitive for families

  • Knowledge of early warning signs and symptoms amongst frontline health workers is low so many children go undiagnosed

  • Communities are largely unaware of childhood cancer and seek traditional healing options or bring children with a late-stage disease when a cure is less likely

  • Children from the most vulnerable populations are underserved and less likely to reach the appropriate care

  • Poor nutritional status of children undergoing cancer treatment

Will you join us?

Together we can close the gap in childhood cancer care.


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