Hero of Cancer: Khama Rogo

‘It is not just about the patient we reach. It is the millions that we don't reach.’

Khama Rogo receives Inspire2Live Patient Advocate Hero of Cancer Award

Inspire2Live is proud to award Professor Khama Rogo with the ‘Inspire2Live Patient Advocate Hero of Cancer Award’ for his merits to put patients first. The prize was awarded during our 2022 Annual Congress.

Hero of cancer

Professor Khama Rogo was trained as an obstetrician-gynaecologist before earning his MD/PhD in Gynaecological Oncology in Sweden and serving in academic medicine across three continents. Public health held his interest right from the beginning and the position of African countries on this topic became his main focus.

During his time at the World Bank, Khama put public health in Africa on the agenda, serving as both Lead Health Sector Specialist and Head of the Health in Africa Initiative, a $1B World Bank Group programme to engage the private sector in health in Africa.

Khama has held numerous positions such as President of the Kenya Medical Association, President of the Kenya Cancer Society and Chairman of Kenya’s National Council for Population and Development. He is also the founder of the Nairobi Oncology Centre, the only specialist cancer care and advisory clinic in East Africa. Moreover, despite everything that had already accomplished, Khama still felt that something was missing and went on to initiate two additional hospital programmes in Kenya, namely the Sagam Community Hospital in rural Siaya and the Nairobi Women’s Hospital.

Furthermore, Khama has published over one hundred peer reviewed papers, chapters and books and served as a consultant to many international organisations including the UN/WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, USAID, SIDA, DANIDA, the Dutch government and DFID.

At Inspire2Live we got to know him through his close friends, Joep Lange and Jacqueline van Tongeren. The first time we heard Khama speak was at their memorial service in 2014 and his words made a tremendous impact on us. We will always be there to support him because we know how incredibly hard Khama works for patients with cancer and other diseases, with his actions serving as an example and an inspiration for everyone involved in healthcare and research.

In short, when Khama speaks, others listen.

We are therefore extremely proud to award him with the ‘Inspire2Live Patient Advocate Hero of Cancer Award’.

Learn more about Professor Khama Rogo

To learn more about Professor Khama Rogo you can watch his impressive talk at our congress on Let’s fill those empty chairs – Dealing with oncology in Africa.

We are also very proud that Khama Rogo is one of our ambassadors who wholeheartedly endorse the Inspire2Live agenda and the importance of a science-based approach. Click here to meet all our ambassadors.

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