Cross city project

Innovative financing of cancer care workforce

Assessing global innovation in human resources for health (HRH) financing models for cancer care.
Completion as of Mar 31, 2023
Areas of action
Project lead

The challenge

City Cancer Challenge’s (C/Can’s) overriding objective is to mobilise a city’s entire ecosystem rather than separate institutions. Key focus areas such as workforce production, development and deployment can be streamlined through a holistic approach that incorporates various stakeholder models across public, private for-profit and private non-for-profit spaces.
However, this approach is hindered by limited awareness of human resources for health (HRH) financing models. Both stakeholders and partners lack sufficient understanding of these models, and this has resulted in both poor uptake and inadequate outcomes.

The goal

To map and assess innovative models for cities to finance the development of healthcare workforces, with a particular focus on strengthening cancer care systems and exploring public-private collaboration opportunities.


A groundbreaking research study aimed to identify common HRH challenges in C/Can cities, mapped existing innovative business models and financing structures for each city, and created a database of documented case studies. Further analysis led to the development of innovation models and the identification of drivers that empowered non-governmental stakeholders to play an active role in financing HRH for cancer care in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).


  • Research study published.
  • Innovation landscape for HRH cancer care models mapped.
Charles Dalton

HRH contributes to a high proportion of healthcare spending in LMICs, so we are always on the lookout for policy and business model innovations to unlock new types of investments in cancer care that help improve not only access but support better value.

Charles Dalton
Senior Health Specialist at IFC

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