Cancer does not discriminate by income or place of birth. Globally, 9.6 million people die each year from cancer, yet 70 percent of cancer deaths occur in the world's poorest places. This is true greatly because only 5 percent of cancer treatment is available in low- and middle-income countries.
Partners In Health does not believe cancer care is a luxury. Staff working with Zanmi Lasante, as PIH is known in Haiti, began treating patients for cancer in Cange in the early 2000s. Oncology services have steadily grown since then. Last year alone, more than 570 patients were treated at University Hospital in Mirebalais for a variety of forms of the disease, ranging from breast cancer to lymphoma.
View the timeline below to see major moments in PIH's evolution of cancer care in Haiti. Shaded boxes indicate links to more in-depth stories about our oncology patients and program.