While the cancer burden is growing in lower- and middle-income economies, there were only 664 oncologists practicing in these countries in 2018.
There is only one cancer treatment center in all of Zambia, a country of nearly 20 million people. So for many there a cancer diagnosis also means racking up costs in travel to and from the Cancer Diseases Hospital in the capital Lusaka.
There were only three radiation therapy machines for the whole country, and only one was functioning.
Setting up a radiotherapy center in a country like Zambia requires an investment of around $6 million (€6 million).