PACT Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS)
PACT, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, launched an initiative designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of evidence-based cancer control strategies and the advantages of partners working in synergies and cross-sectoral collaboration to improve cancer control in public health systems. The programme was established to help raise the profile of cancer on the global development agenda and support low and middle income countries attract vitally needed resources.
Eight pilot IAEA Member States from around the world were identified as PACT Model Demonstration Sites, each with varying levels of public health needs: Albania, Ghana, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Viet Nam and Yemen.
As each country has its own unique public health priorities, PMDS projects are based upon prior assessment of national cancer control capacity through an imPACT Review to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement of cancer management.
Funds mobilized through PACT for PMDS countries have been used to develop human resources, provide radiation medicine equipment and expert missions. Furthermore, over 100 medical professionals have benefited from long-term training and capacity building activities.
Using experience gained from the PMDS countries, the IAEA, WHO, IARC and other partners continue to work through multi-sector partnerships and collaborations to support countries implement evidence-based cancer control strategies, which fall in line with identified gaps and opportunities for improving cancer management highlighted in assessment reviews coordinated by PACT.