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City Cancer Challenge Foundation and WHO to increase collaboration in helping countries meet UN SDGs

October 18, 2022

City Cancer Challenge Foundation and WHO to increase collaboration in helping countries meet UN SDGs

  • Agreement recognises need to meet health-related targets of the U.N. SDGs and WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs
  • Project in line with C/Can’s mission to support cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care

Today, City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) and World Health Organization (WHO) announced a project collaboration agreement that will underpin joint efforts in assisting select countries to strengthen their cancer control programmes towards achieving the health-related targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and WHO Global Action Plan on Non-Communicable Diseases. This project supports C/Can’s mission to support cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care, and aligns with the WHO 13th Global Programme of Work that includes improving access to quality cancer care as part of universal health coverage.

“In this new era of cancer control, WHO is excited to be partnering to advance action on the ground. Working with City Cancer Challenge, we have the opportunity to cocreate and test new ways of measuring quality cancer care engaging the local community as part of targeted action to build a skilled and professional workforce.,” said Bente Mikkelson, the Director of the WHO’s NCD Department.

“I am proud to announce C/Can’s commitment to working with the WHO to improve access to quality cancer care in countries around the world by transforming the way stakeholders from the public and private sectors collectively design, plan, and implement cancer care solutions,” said Isabel Mestres Mesa, C/Can’s iCEO

The collaboration agreement focuses on two areas to support the development and implementation of national cancer control programmes.

Firstly, C/Can will contribute to WHO-convened technical consultations and nominate experts to participate in WHO-led informal working groups related to monitoring and evaluation of cancer control programmes.

These experts will provide technical inputs into the development and release of WHO technical products, specifically monitoring and evaluation frameworks for cancer including facility-based indicators in line with approved WHO Technical products.

Secondly, C/Can will support the implementation of WHO tools that support Member States to organise and optimise their health workforce for the delivery of cancer diagnosis, treatment and care.

C/Can, through its network, will also identify best practices in workforce capacity building. These best practices will help inform WHO policy briefs related to cancer workforce and other WHO-related outputs including communities of practice (WHO Knowledge Action Portal).