Who is C/Can

Driving local innovation for global impact

We lead a city-based partnership initiative that supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to quality, equitable cancer care. We do this by transforming the way stakeholders from the public and private sectors collectively design, plan and implement cancer solutions.

What we do

Our purpose

We support cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care.

Dr Benjamin O. Anderson

C/Can is enabling a real-world implementation strategy of combining early diagnosis with timely and effective treatment through development and implementation of locally- led solutions with the potential to organise health systems and improve health outcomes.

Dr Benjamin O. Anderson
Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine, University of Washington.
Dr Alicia Pomata

"The alliance with C/Can has shown us that together we can transform our reality and be true agents of change, reaching the goal of improving cancer care in our city in a progressive and sustainable way."

Dr Alicia Pomata
National Cancer Control Program in Paraguay, Director
John Damonti

C/Can is exactly the kind of innovative solution that the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation’s is designed to support. Our decades of work to advance health equity around the world have shown us the power of community-based efforts in addressing local needs and improving outcomes for patients

John Damonti
President at Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation


    The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) launched the City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) on the occasion of the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, and announced the first cities, Cali (Colombia), Asuncion (Paraguay) and Yangon (Myanmar). Kumasi, Ghana became the first city in Africa, and the fourth to join C/Can at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Mexico City, Mexico.



    A new call for applications was launched in October 2018, with Kigali (Rwanda) and Porto Alegre (Brazil) joining C/Can.



    C/Can became an independent Swiss foundation. Tbilisi (Georgia), Greater Petaling (Malaysia) and Leon (Mexico) joined C/Can.



    C/Can launched the City of Tomorrow, a global campaign to inspire cities in low- and middle-income countries to join the initiative.



    C/Can received an award from the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, recognising its contribution to improving access to quality cancer care.



    Arequipa (Peru), Nairobi (Kenya), Rosario (Argentina) and Phnom Penh (Cambodia) joined C/Can in driving change in cancer care.

Meet our team

We are a multi-sectoral network of leading experts transforming the way cancer care is addressed from the ground up.

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