Bringing HOPE to pediatric cancer patients in Africa

Pediatric cancer has become a devastating public health crisis in sub-Saharan Africa. Today, up to 90 percent of children diagnosed with cancer in this area of the world die. Other research suggests that by 2030, 1.2 million people in this region will be diagnosed with cancer each year, resulting in 970,000 deaths. With our expertise in pediatric design, cancer care design and sustainable design, we are honored to impart our knowledge to this all-star team to improve this dire humanitarian situation.

What they do

Global HOPE SM (Hematology-Oncology Pediatric Excellence) is a critical initiative led by Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers, Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital (BIPAI), Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, and FKP|CannonDesign to improve the survival rates for children with cancer and blood disorders by building treatment facilities and educating healthcare professionals.

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countries in africa

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1,000

local health care professionals trained

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3,000

patients treated

How we're helping

Global HOPE has developed clinic structures that are a combination of prefabricated modular units and conventional, site-built construction to enhance access and quality of care. The modular units are factory-manufactured shipping container conversions, including complete exam rooms, a pharmacy, and a laboratory. The site-built structures include foundations, ground level concrete floors for waiting and infusion treatment areas, as well as the utility systems, elevated floor decks, corridors, and common areas. Abundant natural daylight and ventilation ensure physical comfort for those in the space.

With prototypes designed for the first three locations in the region, Global HOPE is ready for action. The first step is to introduce the initial outpatient facilities, and the long-term goal is to build inpatient pediatric cancer hospitals. If successfully introduced, Global HOPE’s new clinics will improve the current state of cancer care in Africa, save countless lives, provide hope to an entire region, and elevate other areas of care across Africa.