The Long Wait for Care in Botswana

In Botswana, cancer patients camp out in referral hospitals for up to weeks, waiting to be seen. The largest referral hospital has just one medical oncologist.
 
Some travel ~500 miles to get there, some toting their medical records in plastic bags. Endless rounds of waiting ensue—for test results, for a bed, for meds, for surgery that will arrive too late for some.
  
“People are dying from curable cancers in Botswana because of delays in each step of the cancer care process,” says Richard Marlink, an oncologist and the Rutgers Global Health Institute director. Rutgers is partnering with Botswana to improve cancer care—including training more specialists.


Rutgers Global Health Institute

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