STO / HARMONY in Africa

Cancer in Africa is a growing concern. The escalating incidence of cancer in Africa is becoming an increasingly pressing issue that demands immediate attention across the continent.

Challenges Faced in Treating Cancer
There are numerous challenges to cancer treatment in Africa including late diagnoses, limited resources, social stigma, awareness gaps, and access medicines or clinical trials. Tackling these requires a multifaceted approach which includes bolstering infrastructure, fostering better education, and awareness campaigns, and creating sustainable, affordable treatment options tailored to the region’s specific needs.

The Promise of Cancer Research in Africa
Investing in robust cancer research infrastructure within Africa not only promises improvements for local patients but also holds the potential to significantly contribute to global oncology studies. Initiatives like STO’s HARMONY program are actively engaging with regional leaders and organizations. Their aim is to enhance education and facilitate access to clinical trials through an initial pilot program. This collaborative effort is envisioned to pave the way for wider accessibility to essential medicines.

Cancer Equity Symposium: AORTIC
STO’s HARMONY initiative hosted a symposium titled “Cancer, a Looming Public Health Crisis in Africa: A Call to Accelerate Equitable Access to Medicines” at the 2023 biennial AORTIC International Conference on Cancer in Africa. Read the key takeaways from panelists, Prof. Rose Anorlu, Dr. Satish Gopal, and Dr. Sujha Subramanian.

What’s Next
Exciting developments are on the horizon in 2024. Stay tuned for updates detailing the launch of this pilot program.