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Announcing the Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa project at NCBS

The National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) is pleased to announce its participation in an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded 4-country project on Innovation for Cancer Care in Africa.


Professor Smita Srinivas, Visiting Faculty, NCBS, is the India lead for the project; Prerna Seth is a Research Fellow on the project. 


The Open University UK, one of the world's largest universities, and this project led by economist Professor Maureen Mackintosh, have been awarded nearly £700,000 by the ESRC to lead an East Africa-India-UK research collaboration to improve access to cancer care in East Africa. The funding has been awarded under the ESRC GCRF New Models of Sustainable Development Inclusive Societies Initiative and will address an emerging health crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, where an increasing number of people are dying from cancer as a result of poor diagnosis and treatment, and exclusion from treatment by the lack of ability to pay for it. India is a potentially critical part of the global scientific, technology development, engineering, and industry dynamics of cancer care. 


The project creates an African-Indian-UK research collaboration to explore the scope for linking innovation in industrial production and health care to increase the accessibility of low-cost cancer care in Kenya and Tanzania. The team will work across the public/private, industry/health, and India/Africa boundaries to generate and evaluate a number of scenarios for lower cost prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of a range of cancers; and the scope for further innovation and for Africa-based industrial production of relevant technologies.