In a groundbreaking achievement, Nairobi Hospital has been honored with a prestigious global award for its transformative initiative, the Glivec International Patient Assistance Programme (GIPAP). This program, launched in 2015, offers a glimmer of hope to cancer patients, providing free drugs and treatment access for individuals battling Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) and other conditions such as Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GST). The recognition came at the International Hospital Federation Awards ceremony held in Lisbon, Portugal during the 46th World Hospital Congress between October 25 and 27, 2023.
Under the visionary leadership of Nairobi Hospital CEO, James Nyamongo, and the dedicated medical team led by Prof Nicholas Abinya, GIPAP has transformed the landscape of cancer care not only in Kenya but across Africa. Nyamongo, in a statement, expressed his deep gratitude, dedicating the award to the courageous cancer warriors who have benefited from the program. He emphasized the historical significance of this achievement, marking the first time a Kenyan institution has received such global recognition.
The impact of GIPAP is immeasurable, providing free cancer treatment to over 2,000 patients, with approximately 150 individuals receiving treatment every week at Nairobi Hospital. Deputy Medical Director Reuben Okioma, who accepted the award on behalf of the hospital, highlighted the program’s role in driving social change, making cancer care more accessible and equitable.
Nairobi Hospital’s collaboration with esteemed partners such as Max Foundation, Novartis Pharmaceutical, Axios International, and Henzo Kenya, along with the active involvement of the Ministry of Health, has enabled the provision of expensive cancer treatment drugs to thousands of patients in need. This collective effort emphasizes the hospital’s commitment to excellence and innovation in cancer treatment.
Nairobi Hospital’s GIPAP program stands as a beacon of hope, showcasing the power of collaboration, dedication, and compassion in the fight against cancer. This recognition reaffirms Nairobi Hospital’s position as a global leader in healthcare, setting new standards in the realm of cancer care accessibility and patient support.