Astra Zeneca’s Pambazuka wins award!


Friend of KENCO, Astra Zeneca, won an award for its breast cancer training and awareness initiative, Pambazuka.  Ms. Ndambuki from Astra Zeneca reports: “Project Pambazuka won an International Buisness award at the 2013 IBA ceremony held in Barcelona on Oct 14th.  We won a Silver Stevie in the category of Best new pharmaceutical service for best life saving initiative in Africa. The Stevie awards are the world’s renowned premier awards & are judged by over 200 experts globally.  A very proud moment for AstraZeneca- thank you to all our partners who made this success possible.”

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National Cancer Guidelines Launched Today!


After months of multi-sectoral consultations, editing, revising, meeting and strategizing, the Ministry of Health today launched the National Guidelines for Cancer Management at a breakfast launch in Nairobi.  In attendance were representatives from the Ministry, Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, WHO country rep Dr. Custodia Mandlhate, County executives and directors of health, CEOs of public, private and faith-based hospitals, private sector, civil society and reps from the media.

Prof Abinya (Technical Working Group chair) speaking at the Launch

Prof Abinya (Technical Working Group chair) speaking at the Launch

There was a call for County collaboration to disseminate and implement the Guidelines, a need to look at underlying causes  behind the lifestyle factors affecting cancer, a call for public/private partnership (it was announced that a group of docs have formed a company that will provide a range of needed equipment to hospitals).  Mr Macharia urged the group not to let the efforts go to waste, and that the Guidelines should not collect dust on clinic bookshelves.

Macharia WHO

Cab Secretary James Macharia, WHO rep Dr. Mandlhate and other VIPs

Cab Secretary James Macharia, WHO rep Dr. Mandlhate and other VIPs

A stakeholders meeting will be held later in November to start plans for dissemination and implementation.


There were many KENCO partners and friends who gave of their time, efforts and expertise to make this process happen.  Your efforts are much appreciated!  Kenya became the second country in Africa to develop National Cancer Management Guidelines!