Cancer rates are soaring in Africa, yet Tanzania's radiotherapy hub stands idle

A state-of-the-art oncology clinic lacks the funding and staff to get its equipment up and running, despite thousands of people requiring life-saving treatment

Cancer rates are soaring in Africa, yet Tanzania's radiotherapy hub stands idle The Guardian The newly built wing of the Bugando Hospital in Tanzania's second-largest city is empty and deserted. Built as a modern oncology department, many cancer patients should have been given here an appropriate diagnosis and therapy in order to avoid the cumbersome and expensive way to the therapy center in Dar es Salaam, which is 1000 km away. But the financial resources are lacking in order to employ the medical staff and to put the new X-ray department into operation. A tragic in face of the explosive rise in cancer patients. Meanwhile more women in Tanzanian die due to cervical cancer than during childbirth. (Photo: Direct Relief / Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania / flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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