GO In Nigeria

Above: Karl Lorenz (Section Chief, Palliative Care, Stanford - GO volunteer) meeting with palliative care and oncology nurses at Lagos University Teaching Hospital

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country (~190 million) and 50% of the population lives in extreme poverty (< $1.90 USD per day). As the lifespan of Nigerians increases and the country industrializes, it is expected that nearly 40% of Africa’s cancer burden will occur in Nigeria.

Nigeria only has 9 comprehensive cancer treatment centers but the WHO estimates they should have 170. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, comprising 25% of all cancers.[i] Outcomes are strikingly different by region – in North America, 19% of breast cancer cases result in death, while in Nigeria 51% or more of women die of the disease.

Doctor Obi Cancer Chronicles - GO's first in a comic series building cancer awareness in Western Africa

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GO Collaborations

In order to alleviate the cancer crisis in Nigeria, GO established a strong and interactive partnership with three university teaching hospitals and the national hospital – together representing a broad Nigerian population – in conjunction with Stanford University, the American Cancer Society, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), and the Nigerian Ministry of Health to achieve the following objectives:


Newly installed Elekta Linac at National Hospital in Abuja shown by lead oncologist, Dr. Bello, during GO visit in Feb 2018

[i] Jacques Ferlay et al., “Cancer Incidence and Mortality Worldwide: Sources, Methods and Major Patterns in GLOBOCAN 2012,” International Journal of Cancer 136, no. 5 (March 1, 2015): E359–86, doi:10.1002/ijc.29210.