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Cancer control funding in Nigeria: A case for universal health coverage

Nigeria’s health spending per capita remains relatively low, with an out-of-pocket expenditure on health estimated at three-quarters of the nation’s health expenditure in 2018. A large percentage of the population cannot afford—and have limited access to—cancer treatment services. Our study was aimed at analyzing all cancer funding-related policies from 2010 to 2020. We used qualitative methods to contextualize the challenges of funding cancer control, and recommend steps in policy implementation needed to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) for cancer care in Nigeria.