Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT)

The IAEA established PACT to respond to the growing global cancer crisis. In partnership with the World Health Organization and others, PACT supports IAEA Member States to expand access to health technologies, build skills and mobilize resources to develop a complete range of quality, effective and sustainable cancer services.

The global burden of cancer is increasing at an alarming rate and presents a major global health and development challenge. The greatest impact falls on developing countries, which are least prepared to deal with the consequences of the disease.

Tackling this crisis cannot be undertaken by one organization alone. Government commitment and the collaborative support and expertise of key actors in the area of cancer should be brought together in a complementary manner. PACT has established strategic partnerships to develop and implement effective and sustainable cancer control programmes to benefit national populations as a whole and professionals working in the healthcare system.

PACT’s goals:

  • Build global partnerships with key international organizations committed to addressing the many challenges posed by cancer in low- and middle-income Member States.
  • Mobilize resources from the public and private sector to assist Member States in developing and implementing an effective and well-targeted national cancer control programme.
  • Support Member States with comprehensive capacity and needs assessments, as well as targeted capacity-building activities to strengthen their national cancer control programmes.
  • Support effective and affordable access to quality cancer control services to all in need. 

PACT’s core services support IAEA Member States with the planning and implementation of cancer projects:

  • imPACT Reviews effectively assess a country’s cancer control capacities and needs, identifying priority interventions to respond to the cancer burden.
  • PACT Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS) are programmes in eight designated IAEA Member States where PACT collaborates with partners to develop and implement strategic national cancer control interventions.
  • The Virtual University for Cancer Control (VUCCnet) is a pilot eLearning project that complements traditional learning by providing customized, high-quality cancer-related courses to health professionals in Africa.
  • PACT convenes thematic expert groups to identify challenges and propose solutions to improve access to affordable, quality, sustainable radiotherapy technology and services in low and middle income Member States. This initiative succeeds the Advisory Group on increasing access to Radiotherapy Technology in low-and middle-income countries (AGaRT) that concluded its cycle of activities in 2014.
  • PACT facilitates opportunities for capacity development of radiation medicine health professionals.
  • PACT mobilizes resources at global and national levels to strengthen national cancer control capacities in low and middle income Member States, with a focus on radiation medicine.
  • PACT works to promote the role of radiation medicine in comprehensive cancer control and its integration into national health systems.


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