For many people in developing countries, cancer is diagnosed too late for curative treatment to remain an option. In low and middle income countries, cancer treatment, notably through radiotherapy, often remains unavailable, or even more commonly, unaffordable for the patients and their families.
Investing in cancer control in low and middle income countries is no longer an option, but a responsibility shared by the global community, highlighted 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), among which cancer, in 2011.
Considering the limited budget available to national public health authorities vis a vis the burden of cancer, additional resources are required if LMI countries are to be provided the means to fight the cancer epidemic effectively.
The IAEA, through PACT and partners, is uniquely positioned to identify relevant and comprehensive cancer control proposals integrating, to mobile resources on behalf of its Member States on the basis of its cancer control capacity and needs assessment reviews (imPACT) and therefore ensuring that Member States acquire the tools and knowledge needed to successfully deliver radiotherapy services across the continuum of cancer control.
To date, the main donors mobilized through PACT include development banks (soft loans to LMI Member States), Member States (financial and/or in kind contribution to national projects through bilateral/trilateral agreements), the private sector (financial and/or in kind contribution to IAEA coordinated projects) and international Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) (in kind contribution through the provision of expertise).
LMI Countries Need Your Support
PACT core services to low and middle income countries are at the heart of the fight against cancer in LMI countries. Contributions of any size can make a significant difference:
Please contact us for more information on how to contribute.