About AAI

The African Access Initiative (AAI) is a partnership of companies, governments, healthcare providers, and NGOs focused on sustainably expanding access to cancer medicines and technologies, improving healthcare infrastructure, and building clinical and R&D capacity in Africa.

Driven by Africa - for Africa - AAI’s innovative approach engages stakeholders across sectors to accelerate access to cancer treatment. Using data generated at the country-level by African hospitals and governments, AAI is expanding access to cancer medicines and technologies, strengthening healthcare infrastructure, and building clinical oncology and R&D capacity in Africa.

Click here to download BVGH's AAI brochure.

Click here to download BVGH's AAI Program Summary.


AAI Countries

Partnering with Governments - BVGH works with African Ministries of Health to align AAI activities with each country’s cancer priorities

Cameroon BVGH

Cote d'Ivoire AAI

Kenya BVGH

Nigeria BVGH

Rwanda BVGH

Senegal BVGH

People are talking about AAI

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Healthcare has come a long way in Africa, but as we make inroads into some of the infectious diseases that have so plagued the continent, we must refocus our vision on the non-communicable diseases, especially cancer, that affects millions of people globally. We must take action now to build infrastructure and develop sustainable means to provide access to cancer treatments in Africa. Our partnership with BVGH is an important step down this path.

Honorable Minister of Health Isaac Adewole

Featured Activities

AAI at the Biden Cancer Summit

Cancer in Africa is almost always fatal. It is time to change that. BVGH was invited to present AAI at the Biden Cancer Summit, hosted by VP Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, and share our commitment to quadrupling the rate of progress against cancer in Africa.

Watch Jennifer Dent present AAI at the Summit.
Learn more about the Biden Cancer Summit and BVGH's commitment.


Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden host the national Biden Cancer Summit in Washington, D.C., on Friday September 21, 2018.


Drug access agreement underway in Nigeria

Following a “Stakeholder Meeting on Cancer Drug Access and Harmonized Treatment Guidelines,” the Nigerian Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, and BVGH invited CEOs of leading pharmaceutical companies to submit proposals to make critical cancer drugs available in Nigeria. Twenty-four drugs targeting five prioritized cancers – breast, cervical, colorectal, liver, and prostate – are included. BVGH and the Ministry plan to execute agreements and treat the first patients in early 2019.

Learn more about the access program.

Capacity building in action

Six MSD* scientists participating in the MSD Fellowship for Global Health traveled to two AAI hospitals to volunteer for BVGH and build cancer clinical trial and diagnostic laboratory capacity. Throughout their fellowship, the fellows worked with physicians and hospital administrators at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya and the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK) in Rwanda to transfer knowledge and skills to improve cancer patient care in the region.

Learn more about the MSD Fellowship for Global Health.
*MSD is a trademark of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ, USA.



AC3T Group AAI

AC³T: Access through clinical trials

Under the purview of AAI, BVGH launched the African Consortium for Cancer Clinical Trials (AC³T) to foster and implement cancer clinical trials led by investigators in Africa. AC³T is designed to build clinical trial capacity and address the cancer data gap in Africa while increasing access to prioritized cancer diagnostics, medicines, and quality treatment for African patients.

Learn more about AC³T.

Our Partners

Driven by Africa - for Africa

To learn more about the African Access Initiative, contact Katy Graef
Read our white paper,"Africa's Emerging Cancer Crisis: A Call to Action"
Check out global oncology resources