Access to Innovative Care Foundation

Sharing the burden

The Access to Innovative Care Foundation (AICF) is a non-profit organisation that aims to share the burden by improving patient access to innovative care. Highly specialised diseases are a burden that impacts on the lives of all South Africans, across all languages, races, ages, genders and religions.

The most common obstacles to successful treatment are money and resources - many South Africans are unable to afford innovative treatments, or don’t have access to adequate treatment centres. The Access to Innovative Care Foundation (AICF), was initially founded as the Innovative Cancer Care Foundation (ICCF) through the efforts of a group of pharmaceutical companies, health care professionals, attorneys, patients and volunteers to provide another solution for patients.

Our vision is simple:

To share the burden of innovative care of highly specialised diseases. We aim to alleviate the state healthcare providers’ burden of refurbishing and upgrading oncology units and treatment centres and improving oncology nursing skills. We aim to share the patients’ financial burden by giving them access to the drugs and facilities they need.

  • We aim to share the health care providers’ burden of the treatment decision, often based on the ‘cost to treat’ rather than the effectiveness of treatment.
  • Our goal is to allow for the most appropriate treatment to be given and mitigate the treatment choice being primarily a financial decision.
  • We aim to share the burden of the medical aid scheme by reducing the funding risk and facilitating patient access to innovative care.
  • We aim to share the pharmaceutical companies’ burden of patient access to innovative and effective medication.



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