GCRF Inclusive societies: How to link industrial and social innovation for inclusive development: lessons from tackling cancer care in Africa


This project will address an emerging health crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, where an increasing number of people are dying from cancer through poor diagnosis and treatment, and exclusion from treatment by the lack of ability to pay for it.

An international research team will identify emerging innovative technologies and off-patent medicines which offer potential for lower-cost care in Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these technologies are being developed in India, a country with a strong pharmaceutical industry and a track record of low-cost production of health sector inputs. The team will explore the potential of linking these technological advances with innovation in industrial production and in health care in East Africa to increase the accessibility of low-cost cancer care in Kenya and Tanzania.