One of the greatest challenges developing countries face in fighting cancer is devising realistic plans for building sustainable cancer control capacity. Cancer control goes beyond just the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It also includes cancer control planning, prevention, cancer registry and surveillance, early detection, and palliative care. With limited resources, Ministries of Health in low and middle income (LMI) countries often face difficulties in assessing the most effective interventions to launch priority cancer control activities.
Through PACT, the IAEA supports Member States optimize its investments in cancer control. An important component in this process is an assessment tool called an imPACT Review. imPACT Reviews provide Member States with a comprehensive overview of the national cancer situation. Such reviews are initiated at the request of the authorities in a Member States and usually constitute a stepping stone for national cancer control strategies.
The reviews help countries to respond to the cancer crisis by evaluating national capacities, implement cancer control programmes and provide recommendations on developing their cancer control capacity. During the reviews, national capabilities to develop and implement long-term radiation medicine infrastructure plans are assessed as well, taking into account relevant safety, regulatory and quality assurance requirements. Expert recommendations seek to assist Member States in the development and implementation of effective measures that respond to national cancer control needs.
80 countries have received an imPACT Review mission since 2005.