For many people in developing countries, cancer is diagnosed too late for curative treatment to remain an option. In many low and middle income countries, cancer treatment, notably through radiotherapy, often remains unavailable or unaffordable for patients and their families.
Investing in cancer control is therefore a responsibility that should be shared by the global community, highlighted most notably by the adoption of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), in 2011, and a global target on the reduction of early deaths to NCDs, including cancer, in the Sustainable Development Goals, endorsed in 2015.
Meeting these objectives requires a concerted effort to considerably scale-up resources, establish strong political commitment and engage wide-ranging partnerships for an effective global response to cancer. Progress achieved in this area could result in at least 40 million lives being saved from cancer.
Considering the limited budget available to national public health authorities to fight the burden of cancer, additional resources are required if LMICs are to obtain the means to effectively and comprehensively address the growing cancer epidemic.
The IAEA, through PACT and its partners, is uniquely positioned to identify relevant and comprehensive cancer control proposals to support and mobilize resources on behalf of its Member States on the basis of its capacity and needs assessment imPACT reviews. This ensures that Member States acquire the tools and knowledge needed to successfully deliver radiotherapy services within a comprehensive cancer control strategy.
Main donors mobilized through PACT include:
- Development banks providing soft loans to low and middle income countries.
- Bilateral donors offering financial and/or in kind contributions through bilateral/trilateral agreements.
- The private sector supporting financial and/or in-kind contributions to IAEA coordinated projects.
- International non-governmental organizations offering in-kind contributions of expertise and knowledge.
LMI Countries Need Your Support
PACT's core services focus on the fight against cancer in low and middle income countries. Since its inception, PACT has mobilized €34 million for cancer control activities in IAEA Member States. Making a contribution to our services can make a significant difference:
- imPACT Review Missions
- PACT Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS)
- Advisory Group on increasing access to Radiotherapy Technology in low and middle income countries (AGaRT).
- Capacity building to support LMICs implement NCCPs.
- Promoting the role of radiation medicine in comprehensive cancer control.
- Mobilizing resources to implement NCCPs in LMICs.
Please contact us for more information on how to contribute.