Connecting Industry with African Leaders to Improve Cancer Care

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.

Unique features:

  • AAI Hospital Needs Assessments generate country-level cancer data and current practices, treatment gaps, capacity-building needs as well as technology and drug priorities
  • Tailored access agreements align needs with companies’ assets to deliver medications and technologies
  • Companies’ clinical and R&D instrumentation placed in hospitals and laboratories
  • Fellowships support knowledge exchange among companies, NGOs, and African oncologists and researchers
  • BVGH works with stakeholders to align AAI with each participating country's cancer priorities

Partnering with Governments

BVGH works with African Ministries of Health to align AAI with each country’s cancer priorities.


BVGH meets with Honorable André Mama Fouda, Minister of Health.


National Cancer Control Coordinator, Professor Innocent Adoubi, speaks at AAI symposium.


Dr. Anne Ng’ang’a, Head of Kenya’s National Cancer Control Program, presents Kenya’s cancer strategy at AAI launch.


AAI and AC3T presented alongside Professor Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, at launch of Nigeria’s National Cancer Control Plan.


First Lady Jeannette Kagame and Dr. Diane Gashumba, Minister of Health, discuss AAI with Pfizer and BVGH.

Capacity building in action

And they're off! 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 will work 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.



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

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.

Learn more about the Biden Cancer Summit and BVGH's commitment.

Advancing Hematology Training in Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire:

Through AAI, Dr. Thierry Takam, Cameroonian medical resident completing his specialization in clinical hematology at CHU Yopougon, Côte d’Ivoire, attended a four day Advances in Hematology Training Course in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in August 2018.
Dr. Thierry received bursary funding from the course organizers to partially fund his attendance, and BVGH, with the support of partners at Harvard Global Health Catalyst, was able to identify a diaspora organization – African Renaissance Ambassador Corporation – to provide the additional funding necessary to attend the course.


Our Partners

Driven by Africa - for Africa

To learn more about the African Access Initiative, contact Katy Graef