Arlington, VA – Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced that it has awarded a grant to Nigeria’s Cedarcrest Hospitals Limited for a feasibility study to develop a comprehensive cancer treatment center in Abuja that will provide diagnosis and treatment services for up to 1,000 patients per year. Cedarcrest selected Ohio-based Utopian Consulting, LLC, to conduct the study.
“The goal of USTDA’s assistance is to save lives using innovative healthcare technologies,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Director. “I believe U.S. companies will be eager to partner with Cedarcrest to help expand access to world-class cancer care in Nigeria.”
USTDA’s study will provide the analysis required for Cedarcrest to design and implement a comprehensive cancer treatment center that will improve access to oncology services. The center will offer full-range oncology services to include prevention and screening, diagnostics, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, surgical oncology, and radiotherapy.
“Cedarcrest Hospitals is very delighted to be a recipient of this grant from USTDA,” said Dr. Felix Ogedegbe, Cedarcrest’s CEO. “As a private multispecialty hospital group, we have been at the forefront of ensuring the availability of highly specialized healthcare locally and have recently decided to expand into the oncology treatment space. This grant will no doubt aid in achieving the dream of setting up a comprehensive cancer diagnosis and treatment center, make these services available locally, and ensure in-bound medical tourism from the subregion. In making this grant, USTDA has shown its commitment to helping develop highly skilled local capacity in cancer treatment.”
USTDA’s announcement of grant funding for Cedarcrest’s feasibility study took place at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, where the Agency announced a total of three new grant activities to advance healthcare access in Nigeria and across Africa.
Nigerian Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, commented: “[USTDA’s grantees] will be equipped with more tools to develop their programs, be it as top-notch cancer treatment centers or other related services that address urgent healthcare needs in our country. A closer relationship with USTDA will also allow recipient organizations to draw on highly valued U.S experience in healthcare and build lasting partnerships that improve national and global health.”
USTDA’s assistance to Cedarcrest advances one of the key pillars of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, which aims to strengthen global health security through investments in patient-centered health services. The project also advances the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.
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