October 19, 2020
City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) enables cities to lead the way in providing quality cancer care
Geneva, 19 October – On the 21st of October 2020, the City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) will open a new call for applications to join C/Can’s global network. C/Can supports cities around the world to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care. Cities that are interested in applying need to register before the 1st of December 2020. The selected candidates will join the 9 cities in which C/Can is pursuing its mission around the globe: Asunción (Paraguay), Cali (Colombia), Greater Petaling (Malaysia), Kigali (Rwanda), Kumasi (Ghana), León (Mexico), Porto Alegre (Brazil), Tbilisi (Georgia) and Yangon (Myanmar).
Building resilient health systems from the ground up
Over half (54%) of the world’s population currently lives in cities and the percentage of people living in urban areas is projected to increase from 60% in 2030 to 66% by 2050.
C/Can is building community-led cancer care solutions from the ground up. Together with the 9 partnering cities around the world, C/Can identifies gaps in cancer care and develops innovative and sustainable solutions to ensure no one is left behind in accessing the diagnosis, treatment and care they need.
C/Can supports cities to develop solutions, policies and processes that help improve the lives of cancer patients and strengthen health systems for cancer care. The global health pandemic shed more light on the importance of maintaining a resilient health system to support patients. In many countries, national health authorities are struggling to address the pandemic in addition to existing health challenges. As a result, cities are becoming even more critical in leading efforts to provide quality cancer care.
Driving local innovation for global impact
Dr Susan Henshall elaborates:
C/Can’s process supports cities to design and execute policies tailored to local realities, and cities have shown they can mobilise to confront serious threats like pollution, climate change, and COVID-19. The mayors and local authorities have been put on the front line to address these issues.
What process do the cities need to follow
The application process for the City Cancer Challenge is open for cities with over 1 million inhabitants. Via this website, cities are invited to assess their readiness to join C/Can in five key areas – local leadership and political commitment, partnerships, people-centered approach, enabling policy environment, and core cancer care pillars. C/Can’s Checklist can be used by cities to identify areas that need to be strengthened, and serves as a resource for any city committed to improving access to quality, equitable, sustainable cancer care for its citizens.
After the deadline of 1 December, shortlisted cities will be invited to submit a full application and will be subject to a transparent and robust due diligence process before final selection.
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About City Cancer Challenge Foundation
City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) supports cities around the world as they work to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care. C/Can leads a city-based partnership initiative that aims to improve access to quality cancer care in cities around the world by transforming the way stakeholders from the public and private sectors collectively design, plan, and implement cancer solutions. The approach is built on the core principle that cities can drive impact at national level by crafting data-driven solutions with the support of a network of global, regional, and local partners that reflect an understanding of the unique local context. C/Can was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It was established as a standalone Swiss foundation in January 2019.
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City Cancer Challenge Edelman
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