A target in the Sustainable Development Goals, endorsed by the international community in September 2015, looks to reduce by one third early deaths to non-communicable diseases, including cancer, by 2030. To achieve this ambitious target, long-term commitment is required from a broad range of global, regional and national partners.
The IAEA, through PACT, works closely with its partners, such as the World Health Organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and other international organizations to capitalise on the complementary expertise and mandates of the global cancer control community to benefit low and middle income Member States. Strong coordination enables synergies and innovative solutions to effectively respond to the cancer challenge while making best use of limited resources.
Since 2005, PACT and partners have been working to:
- Raise awareness of the cancer burden and effective cancer control interventions for low and middle income countries.
- Assess the needs and priorities of countries and regions to effectively tackle the cancer burden.
- Develop successful demonstration projects that will attract support from donors to sustain national cancer control programmes.
- Strengthen skills of the health professionals through capacity building activities.
- Engage in fundraising and resource mobilization activities, in particular to support comprehensive cancer control programmes in low and middle income IAEA Member States.
The IAEA, through PACT, collaborates with organizations and institutions both national and international, drawing on their experience, innovative solutions, advocacy and training capacities to complement its expertise in radiation medicine to maximize investments in the fight against cancer.
AORTIC is an African based non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion of cancer control and palliative care in Africa. Its members are high profile cancer experts who volunteer as thought leaders to improve the quality of life for cancer patients in Africa. AORTIC strives to make a positive impact throughout Africa with the collaboration of health ministries and global cancer organizations. AORTIC works with PACT to enhance the skills of health professionals in Africa through education and training in all areas of cancer control.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a global group of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives from cancer at the community level. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 22% decline in cancer death rates in the US since 1991, and a 50% drop in smoking rates. The Society helps find cures as the US's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and support the fight for greater access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, and more. ACS and PACT have worked with PACT Model Demonstration Site countries to develop action plans and strategies to address their cancer control priorities and to move efforts forward. ACS has also collaborated in imPACT reviews and education activities.
eCancer is the leading oncology channel committed to improving cancer communication and education with the goal of optimizing patient care and outcomes. By using the latest technologies eCancer works closely with leading figures in oncology to inform and educate the global cancer community. eCancer worked with PACT to develop a course on palliative care for VUCCnet and has raised awareness of the online platform among its wide network.
INCa is the national French agency tasked with coordinating cancer control activities. The IAEA's collaboration with INCa, through PACT, contributes to the development of national cancer control programmes and supporting health professionals with education and training in cancer control, primarily in French-speaking low and middle income countries.
IARC is a specialized agency of WHO that coordinates and conducts research on the causes of human cancer and the development of cancer cells, and develops scientific strategies for cancer control. PACT and IARC coordinate activities and resources to provide evidence-based and sustainable support to comprehensive cancer control programmes in low and middle income countries.
INCTR was established to address the increasing burden of cancer in developing countries. INCTR is dedicated to helping to build capacity for cancer prevention, treatment (including palliative care) and research. They also work to improve access to needed care in order to lessen the suffering and limit the number of lives lost from cancer in developing countries. INCTR has collaborated with PACT to raise public awareness and understanding around comprehensive cancer control programmes. It has helped assess national cancer registries and available physical and human resources, as well as capacity building and training activities.
KIRAMS pioneers Radiological Medicine in Korea with support from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and divisions of the Korea Cancer Centre Hospital, Institute of Radiation Medicine Research Centre and the National Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre. The Institute regularly collaborates with PACT to support training and capacity building of experts from low and middle income countries.
The Organization for International Economic Relations (OiER) builds partnerships and identifies global trends in sustainability, innovation, communication, environment, energy and mobility. OiER and PACT develop and implement communication strategies for resource mobilization, identify partnerships for innovative technologies and financing in cancer care to support PACT projects.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) fosters the economic development and social progress of its member countries and Muslim communities. They work together with PACT to develop activities and programmes for comprehensive cancer control. The OIC and IDB also supports training, research and the organization of seminars and workshops.
The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) is a multilateral development finance institution, established in 1976 by the Member States of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to collectively assist countries. OFID works in cooperation with country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world. OFID provides financing to build essential infrastructure, strengthen the delivery of social services and promote productivity, competitiveness and trade. OFID has provided financial support for PACT projects over the years, including loans to Member States for equipment and training to improve cancer services in several countries.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon seeks to generate public and private investments in global health through partnerships to fight HIV, cervical and breast cancer. PACT and PRRR work together in cancer control projects and capacity building to ensure women receive timely access to appropriate diagnosis and treatment services.
Roche African Research Foundation promotes research in the field of medicine and public health in Africa. Since 2010, Roche African Research Foundation has supported PACT in establishing and implementing the pilot phase of the Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCCnet) [link], giving health professionals in four African countries access to contextualised online training in comprehensive cancer control and care.
UICC helps tackle the growing cancer crisis on a global scale through its network of over 900 organisations across 155 countries. Their membership features major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups. PACT and UICC work together advocating to position cancer prominently on the global health agenda and contributing to the development of integrated, comprehensive cancer control programmes, including cancer control planning.
NCI is the US Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. Jointly with the IAEA and through PACT, the organization has supported programmes for health professionals from low and middle income countries as part of its commitment to strengthening capacity, skills and knowledge to expand and strengthen the global cancer workforce.
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 global health trends.
In 2009, the WHO-IAEA Joint Programme on Cancer Control was established. The programme coordinates activities and resources in support of the development and implementation of sustainable comprehensive cancer control programmes in low and middle income countries.