Since 1980 the IAEA has worked in some 100 developing countries to improve access to safe and effective cancer treatment. The Agency has established or upgraded radiotherapy centres throughout Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, providing essential equipment and training for physicians and other health professionals. Over $145 million worth of cancer-related assistance has been provided to developing countries in this period through the IAEA's Technical Cooperation programme. Click on the map to view larger version.
The number of new cancer cases in the developing world is set to increase by 50%, from 10 million in the year 2000, to nearly 15 million per year by 2020. Please click on the statistics map to see the full WHO/UICC report on Global Action Against Cancer.
Confronted by this rapidly expanding cancer epidemic, the Agency launched PACT in June 2004 to help developing countries provide appropriate therapy to cancer patients. Developing countries make up 85 percent of the world population, yet they have only about one-third of the total radiotherapy facilities. To meet these needs, the IAEA estimates that at least $1 billion will be needed over the next 10 years to provide adequate treatment facilities and trained staff, far beyond what Agency resources could provide. The ultimate goal of PACT is to fill this tremendous resource gap and bring relief to millions of cancer sufferers throughout the developing world.