Cancer advocacy: PPB Executive Director bags “Made with Patients Awards” in Italy

The Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE (PPB) Runcie C.W. Chidebe was recently recognized with the 2023 “Rising Star Made with Patients Awards” for his dedication to improving and empowering cancer patients in Nigeria.

The Executive Director of the From Testing to Targeted Treatments (FT3) Programme, Helena Harnik explained that the award is powered by the Patient Focused Medicine Initiative (PFMD) a global collaborative initiative to improve global health by co-designing the future of healthcare for patients WITH patients.

She said the award was presented to him at the Patient Engagement Open Forum (PEOF), Baveno, Italy, hosted by PFMD, EUPATI and EPF.

“Runcie is a phenomenal patient advocate who is moving mountains to improve cancer care and the experiences of hundreds of cancer patients in Nigeria.

“In receiving this award, Runcie has received global recognition for his important work, and has inspired hundreds of thought leaders working to advance patient engagement in oncology and beyond”, She said.

Also, the Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE, Runcie C.W. Chidebe, said, “I know that my voice is strong as a patient advocate to drive policy change and push our community and the government to improve cancer control in Nigeria.

On this premise, Runcie said he has been making interventions with patients, leading campaigns for better care, empowering and supporting cancer patients to speak out about their pains and challenges.