Assisting in Global Health Planning

PACT attends Meeting on Setting Global Cancer Research Priorities

29 March 2012

From 13-14 March 2012, the United States National Cancer Institute, the Center for Global Health and National Institutes of Health, convened 150 experts and internal and external stakeholders in cancer research and control in Washington D.C. to participate in the meeting “Setting Priorities for Global Cancer Research”. The meeting's goal was to discern the role of research in responding to the cancer crisis in low and middle income (LMI) countries through the sharing of experience and expertise on all aspects of cancer control in LMI countries.

In attendance at the meeting was the Head of the PACT Programme Office, Massoud Samiei, who presented on PACT's experience with cancer control assessments, such as the imPACT Review and Pact Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS), highlighting current progress and outcomes. This presentation was given in the larger context of cancer control planning and implementation. Cancer control planning, particularly in the format of a national cancer control plan (NCCP), is supported by the IAEA, through the Joint Programme for Cancer Control undertaken by the IAEA and World Health Organization in 2009. NCCPs are an important aspect of health care and delivery systems that play a vital role in ensuring timely and balanced investments in all components of cancer control, and the maintenance and sustainability of cancer services.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the participating organizations shared their opinions on the role of research in terms of improving cancer control capacity and outcomes in LMI countries. A document will be drafted by NCI to present the meetings findings and recommendations.

Directors of national cancer institutes from several countries who are involved in PACT activities and have extensive cancer control experience were also present, namely, Brazil (Dr Luis Santini), Colombia (Dr Raul Ramirez), and Mexico (Dr Alejandro Moja). Other important cancer control organizations in attendance at the meeting included, the WHO, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Breast Health Global Initiaitve, the American Cancer Society, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. The meeting was jointly moderated by the director of the US National Cancer Institute, Dr Harold Varmus, and the Director of the Center for Global Health, Dr Ted Trimble.