Background and Context: Over two million Nigerians suffers from some form of invasive cancer, a 100,000 are diagnosed annually, of which 80,000 die. 80% of cancer deaths take place in poor countries due to lack of funding and dearth of medical facilities. This has led to increased cancer incidence and migration abroad for treatment. Except appropriate facilities and systems are established urgently, about 144 Million Nigerians living on <$2 a day may fall prey to this global epidemic.
Aim:This abstract aims at proposing a fundraising strategy to promote cancer control in Nigeria
Strategy/Tactics:This strategy will employ the joint effort of Actors to leverage over $200 million donor funds under a humanitarian programme to develop medical facilities and care centers for cancer patients.The funding shall be secured pursuant by Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States.
Programme Process:A group of Nigerian Cancer Actors (NCA) will apply to a qualified United States donor group for funding using a business plan developed in partnership with the Western European Charity (WEC). Upon approval, a financial agreement would be signed between the NCA group, the donors and the WEC. Funds would be disbursed by donors to the bank of the WEC who acts as guarantors and in turn finances the business plan. Upon completion and commissioning of the projects, the WEC vacates its guarantee and the donors donate the facilities to the NCA for management.
Costs and returns:The cost for securing the funding is limited to the cost of the business plan and logistics for negotiating and securing the donation. The returns on the project are multifaceted: cost of cancer control and death rate will drop and savings will be made on foreign exchange resulting from medical tourism.
Outcomes/What was learned:There is no doubt that joining forces accelerates progress