AKTIV Against Cancer presently works in three key regions to advance its mission: Norway, United States, and Ethiopia.
Physical Activity Centers & Research
Since its establishment in 2007, AKTIV Against Cancer has donated over $14M to make physical activity part of cancer treatment. AKTIV Against Cancer has opened 16 physical activity centers called Pusterommet ("Breathing Room") in cancer treatment hospitals throughout the country. Breathing Rooms provide a space where cancer patients exercise under the expert guidance of instructors trained in physical fitness and cancer. These spaces also provide friendly, social environments as a respite from the challenges of life during cancer treatment. Additionally, AKTIV Against Cancer has invested in research focused on exercise and cancer with the goal of having physical activity included as part of standard cancer treatment.
AKTIV Instructor Program
AKTIV Against Cancer also created the AKTIV Instructor Program in collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences and Oslo University. This program educates fitness trainers in exercise and cancer, enabling cancer patients to continue their fitness programs under special care in their local communities.
Cancer is an increasing health crisis in Ethiopia. Presently, there are 3 oncologists serving a population greater than 90 million.
AKTIV Against Cancer supports an exchange program between Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa and Oslo University Hospital. This program provides oncology training to Ethiopian doctors and nurses to help address the limited doctor-to-patient ratio in the hopes of increasing awareness and support to a country facing various health crises. Since 2013, the AKTIV Against Cancer led program has educated 9 oncologists and 14 cancer nurses.