While many institutions and organizations are working on cancer control in low and middle income countries, a lack of coordination amongst them sometimes leads to duplication of efforts and sub-optimal use of limited resources. The IAEA through PACT aims at building strategic partnerships in an effort to maximize the complementary expertises and mandates of the global cancer control community for the benefit of low and middle income Member States.
Some of our partners
In order to complement the IAEA expertise in radiation medicine and radiation safety, the IAEA through PACT collaborates with other UN organizations and agencies with experience and specific expertise in combatting the global cancer crisis in LMI countries.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
In 2009, the WHO–IAEA Joint Programme on Cancer Control was established. The WHO–IAEA Joint Programme aims at coordinating activities and resources supporting the development and implementation of sustainable comprehensive cancer control programmes in low and medium income Member States.
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
IARC as a specialized agency of WHO coordinates and conducts research on the cause of human cancer, the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and aims to develop scientific strategies for cancer control. The main objective of collaboration between PACT and IARC is to coordinate activities and resources to provide evidence-based and sustainable support to comprehensive cancer control programmes in low and middle income countries.
OPEC Fund for International Development
The OPEC Fund for International Development is a multilateral development finance institution established in 1976 by the Member States of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as a collective channel of assistance to developing countries. OFID works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world by providing financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen social services delivery and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID has provided financial support for PACT projects over the years, including loans to Member States, improving cancer services in several countries.
National Cancer Institutions
Partnerships with national cancer institutions focus primarily on education and training for healthcare professionals from low and middle income countries.
NCI: US National Cancer Institute
The United States National Cancer Institute (NCI) is an agency of the US Government concentrating on cancer research and training. In order to contribute to capacity building in low and middle income countries, the NCI offers scholarships for professionals supported by the IAEA through PACT, as part of its commitment to strengthening the capacity and knowledge of health professionals.
INCa: Institut National du Cancer of France
INCa is the national French agency in charge of coordinating cancer control activities. Through INCa Department of Foreign Affairs, the collaboration with the IAEA through PACTfocuses on contributing to the development of national cancer control programmes and supporting education and training of workers for comprehensive cancer control programmes, primarily in Francophone speaking low and middle income countries.
Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Science (KIRAMS)
KIRAMS is the pioneer of Radiological Medicine in Korea under the aegis of the under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and with divisions such as the Korea Cancer Center Hospital, Institute of Radiation Medicine Research Center, and National Emergency Medical Dispatch Center . A Practical Arrangement was signed with PACT in 2011 and the collaboration includes regular support for training and capacity-building for experts from low and middle-income countries.
Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) are pivotal in advocating for the global fight against cancer.
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration by building strategic partnerships involving members and other institutions dedicated to fighting cancer. PACT and the UICC work together on advocating for placing cancer on the global health agenda and contributing to the development of integrated, comprehensive cancer control programmes including cancer control planning.