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UN recognises C/Can’s contribution to improving access to quality cancer care

September 22, 2021

UN recognises C/Can’s contribution to improving access to quality cancer care

  • United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs Award is for outstanding contributions to multisectoral action to prevent and control NCDs, mental health or other NCD-related SDGs
  • The award was presented by Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO).

City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) has been selected as a recipient of the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases Award. 

The Award recognises C/Can’s work in driving specific strategies to strengthen and increase quality health services, workforce and infrastructure within its mission to provide equitable access to NCDs and cancer treatment at the city, regional and national levels.

C/Can was among the winners in the non-governmental organisations, academia and foundations category. We offer our congratulations to the other winners: Kamilo Organisation (Kenya), Dasman Diabetes Institute (Kuwait), MAKNA – National Cancer Council  (Malaysia), Sudanese Childhood Diabetes Association, Movendi International (Sweden) and Project Hope (USA).

The winners were selected by the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on NCDs (UNIATF) and were announced today at the meeting of the Friends of the Task Force on the occasion of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

The UNIATF Award recognises outstanding contributions to multisectoral action in the prevention and control of NCDs, mental health or other NCD-related SDGs at a local, national, regional or international level.

Commenting on the Award, C/Can CEO Dr. Susan Henshall said:

“It is an honour to see C/Can’s work with cities around the world to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care recognised in this way. We remain committed to bringing all people together across sectors to co-create and catalyse sustainable cancer treatment solutions.” 

C/Can is a city-based initiative built on the core principle that cities can drive impact by crafting local solutions with the support of a network of multi-sector partners. Today, C/Can works in 9 cities across Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa, with new cities joining the Challenge in 2021-22.

Launched as a standalone Foundation in 2019, C/Can has rapidly applied the lessons learned from other city-based initiatives including the WHO Healthy Cities innovation platform to position cities as vehicles of implementation of data-driven cancer treatment solutions. It has developed a new model of addressing access to cancer care that, for the first time, leverages the city as a key enabler in a health systems response to cancer. Their unique model of action convening to date more than 1,200  health professionals, 149 institutions and 73 global partners is driving concrete action to strengthen and multiply quality health services, workforce and infrastructure. 

C/Can wishes to thank the members of the UNIATF for this award and congratulates them on their substantive efforts to support governments meet the NCD-related SDG targets. C/Can also welcomes the launch of the new Catalytic Fund for Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health which will increase local action in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).