Who we are
The Kenyan Network of Cancer Organizations (KENCO) is the National umbrella body of over 35 registered cancer civil society organizations, spread throughout the country, active in various aspects of cancer control in Kenya and committed to a united response against cancer.
KENCO was formed and registered in 2016 with an aim of bringing together civil society organizations and coordinating their response to the cancer epidemic. Currently, KENCO members implement various cancer control activities such as creation of awareness and public education on cancer, cancer prevention through screening and treatment, patient navigation through linkages to the referral system, follow-up and care, provision of psychosocial support to cancer patients, and palliative care.
As the umbrella body, KENCO focuses on capacity building of member organizations and health workers; networking among members for knowledge share and improved delivery of services: collaborations and partnerships in cancer control; and advocacy aimed at influencing Government policies and legislation around cancer to the benefit of the public. KENCO is also involved in creation of awareness on cancer among cancer patients and care givers through the Cancer Education Materials for Patients and Caregivers’ (CEMPC) Program. KENCO leverages on the strengths and experiences of its members to advance the cancer prevention and control agenda in the country.
As the recognized representative of cancer civil society organizations in Kenya, KENCO works very closely with State and Non-State actors including the Department of Non-Communicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health, The National Cancer Control Program, the National Cancer Institute of Kenya, Medical professional associations, Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, and NCD Alliance of Kenya among others. KENCO pursues non-political, non-partisan, non- religious and not for profit objectives.