Collaborative activities of United Nations agencies and partners in support of cancer control in Africa

  • R. Camacho
  • J. M. Dangou
  • D. Neves
  • S. Morgan
  • M. Piñeros
  • J. P. Cayol
Original Article / Article Original

Abstract

Introduction

In most low and middle income countries (LMICs), including the majority of African countries, cancer burden is increasing rapidly and poses enormous challenges to the health systems. This foresees the need for urgent action and the establishment of strategic partnerships, as well as mobilizing resources and coordinating efforts among counterparts for the development and strengthening of cancer control interventions.

Methods

Here below we describe the collaborative activities between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the World Health Organization African regional office (WHO AFRO) and other partners regarding the major projects of the IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) since its creation until the end of 2013.

Results

National cancer control capacity has been assessed in 24 Member States within the WHO Africa region through integrated missions of PACT (imPACT Reviews); in addition, two countries have been elevated to PACT Model Demonstration Site (PMDS) status and are receiving the relevant expansion of needed radiotherapy; an e-learning project, the Virtual University Cancer Control network (VUCCnet), has been established and African health professionals have been sponsored in various educational activities and three regional and one sub-regional coordination meetings have taken place.

Conclusions

The collaboration between IAEA/PACT and WHO AFRO stands out as a model for United Nations agencies as an effective collaboration for programmatic delivery to Member States.

Keywords

Cancer control Africa National Cancer Control Programmes 

Activités communes des agences du système des Nations unies et autres partenaires pour la lutte contre le cancer en Afrique

Résumé

Introduction

Dans la plupart des pays à revenu faible ou moyen, y compris la majorité des pays africains, le fardeau du cancer s’accroît rapidement et pose d’énormes défis aux systèmes de santé. Cela nécessite des actions urgentes. L’établissement de partenariats stratégiques, ainsi que la mobilisation des ressources et la coordination des efforts entre les différents acteurs sont d’une importance capitale pour le développement et le renforcement des interventions de lutte contre le cancer.

Méthodes

Nous décrivons les activités de collaboration concernant les principaux projets du Programme d’action pour la thérapie du cancer (PACT) de l’Agence internationale à l’énergie atomique (AIEA) menées à partir de la création du PACT jusqu’à la fin de 2013 par l’AIEA, le bureau régional de l’Afrique de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS/AFRO) ainsi que d’autres partenaires.

Résultats

Les missions imPACT ont permis d’évaluer les capacités nationales de lutte contre le cancer dans 24 États membres de la région africaine de l’OMS ; deux pays ayant connu une expansion de leurs infrastructures de radiothérapie ont été établis comme sites de démonstration du programme PACT (PMDS). Un projet d’enseignement à distance (VUCCnet) a été mis en place et des professionnels de la santé (d’Afrique) ont été parrainés à diverses activités de formation. Trois réunions de coordination régionales et une sous-régionale ont eu lieu.

Conclusions

La coordination entre l’AIEA/PACTet l’OMS/AFRO a été essentielle pour la réalisation des différentes activités et elle constitue, avec l’engagement de tous les autres partenaires et des Étatsmembres, un exemple de collaboration réaliste et de travail en synergie de deux agences des Nations unies afin d’aider les pays dans le domaine de la lutte contre le cancer.

Mots clés

Lutte contre le cancer Afrique Programme national de lutte contre le cancer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Camacho
    • 1
  • J. M. Dangou
    • 2
  • D. Neves
    • 1
  • S. Morgan
    • 1
  • M. Piñeros
    • 1
  • J. P. Cayol
    • 3
  1. 1.Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy, Vienna International CentreInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria
  2. 2.Regional Office for Africa, Division of Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable DiseasesWorld Health OrganizationCité Djoué, BrazzavilleCongo
  3. 3.Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Vienna International CentreInternational Atomic Energy AgencyViennaAustria

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