Demonstrating Progress: Milestone Cancer Control Meeting for PACT

22 November 2012

For the first time, the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) is convening cancer control experts in Vienna from its eight PACT Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS) to assess advances made in each of their countries.

Launched in 2006, the PMDS are located in eight low- and middle-income countries committed to fighting their respective cancer burden in collaboration with IAEA/PACT and partners.

Through the PMDS countries, PACT endeavours to support the effective implementation of a country's radiation medicine programme as an integral component of its comprehensive national cancer control programme.

From 21 to 22 November 2012, cancer control leaders from all eight PMDS countries shared their experiences in developing comprehensive national approaches to address cancer control.

Representatives from PACT's partners, including the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Union for International Cancer Control attended in the meeting.

“Through the PMDS initiative, IAEA/PACT and its partners have worked to support the development of cancer control infrastructure, build human resource capacity and mobilize resources for evidence-based cancer control interventions,” said Rolando Camacho, Acting Head of the PACT Programme Office. “We expect the meeting to be critical to learn lessons from the PMDS experience and chart a course for the programme's future.”

Cancer control professionals from Albania, Ghana, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Yemen participated in the meeting.