Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya: Case Studies of Selected Households” is a qualitative study to shed light on the patient journey. Through several case studies, we gain a better understanding of the experiences of cancer patients and their families. The report shares personal perspective of individual patients and identifies broad themes and opportunities to mitigate cancer cost and consequences.


Like many low and middle-income countries (LMICs), the burden of NCDs in Kenya is rising rapidly. NCDs now account for more than 50 percent of all hospital admissions, and for nearly 30 percent of total deaths.


Cancer is the second leading cause of NCD mortality in Kenya with the incidence of cancer nearly doubling between 2008-2012. The illness affects Kenyans of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, with an increasing risk of cancer as age progresses.


Despite the impact of NCDs, there is limited research in Kenya examining the cost and impact of diseases at the household and patient level, relative to their impact on the health system.