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Journal of Cancer Epidemiology
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 7121527, 5 pages
Review Article

Role of Private Enterprise in Cancer Control in Low to Middle Income Countries

1Department of Thoracic Surgery, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA
2Department of Surgery, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA
3Lakeshore Cancer Center, Lagos, Nigeria
4Department of Medicine, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA
5College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria
6Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
7Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria
8Department of Public Health and Health Professions, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA

Received 26 December 2015; Accepted 22 November 2016

Academic Editor: Subhojit Dey

Copyright © 2016 Chukwumere E. Nwogu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. About 65% of cancer deaths globally occur in low to middle income countries (LMICs) where prioritization and allocation of resources to cancer care are often quite poor. In the absence of governmental focus on this problem, public-private partnerships may be an avenue to provide effective cancer control. Methods. This manuscript highlights the establishment of a nongovernmental organization (NGO) to stimulate the development of partnerships between oncology professionals, private enterprise, and academic institutions, both locally and internationally. Examples of capacity building, grant support, establishment of collaborative networks, and the development of a facility to provide clinical care are highlighted. Results. Collaborations were established between oncology professionals at academic institutions in the US and Nigeria. Cancer control workshops were conducted in Nigeria with grant support from the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). A monthly tumor board conference was established at LASUTH in Lagos, and further capacity building is underway with grant support from the United States NCI. An outpatient, privately funded oncology clinic in Lagos has been launched. Conclusion. In LMICs, effective partnership between public and private institutions can lead to tangible strides in cancer control. The use of creative healthcare financing models can also support positive change.