Cross city project

Seed grants for cancer health system research in C/Can cities

Providing seed funding to support researchers in C/Can’s network of cities, who are investigating health system research projects through an implementation science lens.
Completion as of Jan 31, 2025
Areas of action
Project lead
Meritxell Mallafré-Larrosa

The challenge

Glaring disparities exist in global cancer research funding. Between 2016 and 2020, a staggering US$24.5 billion was invested in cancer research globally. However, less than 2% of this was dedicated to implementation, and a 0.5% of investment was allocated to research addressing cancer in LMICs, which bear 75% of the cancer burden

The Goal

To empower local healthcare stakeholders to kick-start research projects while promoting multidisciplinary collaborations to advance the understanding of cancer care within health systems.


C/Can has awarded five funded grants of 5,000 USD to researchers in C/Can cities that are investigating projects through an implementation science lens. The aim of the grants is to kick-start exploratory studies across the World Health Organization health systems building blocks to advance quality cancer care in LMICs.

The grantees are: 

  • Alexsandre Iovashvili, Tbilisi, Georgia Withholding the Real Diagnosis in Cancer Patients: Is it associated with better QoL and Less Anxiety, Distress and Depression within the Georgian population?“
  • Comfort Asoogo, Kumasi, Ghana, Using mobile health to reduce default and abandonment rates among children receiving treatment at the paediatric oncology unit of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Ghana
  • Nirmala Bhoo Pathy, Greater Petaling, Malaysia, Identifying a core set of services for a financial navigation program for patients seeking cancer care in the public health system in Greater Petaling – A modified Delphi study” 
  • Patrick Gad Iradukunda, Kigali, Rwanda Evaluating the availability and impact of shortage for essential oncology drug among patient attending the cancer treatment centers in Rwanda
  • Pedro Cacilhas, Porto Alegre, Brazil, Analysis of Time to Initiate Cancer Treatment on Breast Cancer Patients treated in a Hospital in Porto Alegre: a retrospective cohort from 2022 to 2023


Cross City Projects

Seed grants for cancer health system research in C/Can cities

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Implementation science masterclass

Asuncion, Paraguay

Readiness for Access to Breast Cancer Oncology Medicines in Paraguay

Tbilisi, Georgia

Budget impact analysis for the reimbursement of cancer diagnostics in Tbilisi

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Global coalition for cancer diagnostics

Greater Petaling, Malaysia

Driving quality cancer care in Asia

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TeleEcho for oncology nursing

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Human resources development for palliative care in Yangon, Kumasi and Kigali

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Fostering an innovation mindset and power skills to drive change

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Leadership programme for women in oncology

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Capacity development of primary health care professionals on the management of childhood cancers

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TeleEcho for palliative care

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Scaling Innovative Finance for Cancer Care

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Developing city health financing change makers

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Improving and standardising data sharing infrastructure

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