The American Cancer Society's global program aims to eliminate cancer as a major health problem worldwide through programs that support local cancer organizations, hospitals and government ministries in their efforts to increase awareness about cancer prevention, international cancer advocacy and tobacco control.
We are at a defining moment in the global fight against cancer. Cancer and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and lung disease kill more than 36 million people globally every year. Beyond the human toll, the global economic impact of NCDs could total US$ 47 trillion over the next 20 years, according to the World Economic Forum. In 2015, cancer and other NCDs are poised to be included in the Post-2015 development goals, including a standalone target on NCDs and a number of NCD-related targets within the sustainable development goals on health. Addressing this growing global burden will require mobilization of the entire cancer community and strong leadership from our co-equal partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. The American Cancer Society is uniquely positioned to be a global leader and convener dedicated to reducing the burden of this disease.
The American Cancer Society is committed to partnering with key internal and external stakeholders to prevent cancer, save lives, diminish suffering, and mobilize a global network to fight cancer through advocacy, cancer control capacity building, information sharing, and resource mobilization. Empowering women and youth are critical near-term priorities.
2015 is also a critical year for making women’s cancers a global health and development priority. Cervical and breast cancer are now the most-common cancers in women. Focusing on fighting these cancers is a priority for the American Cancer Society, not only because they affect so many women in the developing world, but also because cost-effective and proven prevention, screening, and treatment options exist. Key women’s health partnerships that ACS supports include the Taskforce on Women and NCDs, Cervical Cancer Action and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon.
Additionally, we work with our regional partners to convene and foster collaborations that mobilize a global grassroots network of cancer volunteers, experts and advocates in Sub-Saharan Africa, India and Latin America to advance cancer control policy and awareness, including the African Organization for Research and Training, African First Ladies, and regional partnerships that focus on women’s cancers in India and Latin America.
The Society’s Global Scholars program helps high-achieving young professionals from developing countries to hone their advocacy skills through an in-depth training program.
Key American Cancer Society Global Partners and Collaborations
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is a membership organization that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer. Through this strategic partnership, ACS and UICC are committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration by taking the lead in convening the global cancer control community, advocating for and putting cancer on the global health agenda, and coordinating high-impact global programs.
Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance:
The NCD Alliance uses targeted advocacy and outreach to ensure that NCDs are recognized as a major cause of poverty, a barrier to economic development, and a global emergency. ACS works alongside UICC and the NCD Alliance to ensure the inclusion of cancer-related targets and indicators in the post-2015 development agenda, playing a leading role with the NCD Alliance and the relevant UN and government bodies, and working with UICC to build the evidence base for cancer control to ensure global NCD commitments are translated to national sustainable impact.
Cervical Cancer Action (CCA):
CCA is a coalition created by a diverse group of global health organizations who are working to inform and mobilize key national and global decision-makers to prevent cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries. With ACS as a key partner, the Coalition’s activities include: strategic advocacy, political mobilization, coordination, and resource mobilization.
Taskforce on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs):
The Taskforce on Women and NCDs brings together eighteen global health organizations from the women’s health and NCD communities to respond to the unique and growing burden of NCDs on women in low- and middle-income countries by mobilizing leadership, expanding technical expertise, and disseminating evidence to inform policymaking, planning and services.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is a leading public-private partnership aimed at catalyzing the global community to reduce deaths from cervical and breast cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America by raising awareness of these diseases and increasing access to quality services to detect and treat them. ACS and PRRR have joint priorities focused on women’s cancer advocacy and planning activities in Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
Gavi is an international organization that was created in 2000 to improve access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. Bringing together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to vaccines for children, Gavi is partnering with cancer, reproductive health and women’s organizations to help countries deliver HPV vaccines cost-effectively, integrated with other important interventions for girls such as adolescent reproductive health, HIV prevention, nutrition, family planning and safe motherhood.
African Organization for Research & Training in Cancer (AORTIC)
AORTIC was formed in 1983 by expatriate African cancer care workers, scientists and their friends, and is dedicated to the promotion of cancer control in Africa. AORTIC’s key objectives are to further the research relating to cancers prevalent in Africa, support the management of training programs in oncology for health care workers, deal with the challenges of creating cancer control and prevention programs, and raise public awareness of cancer in Africa.
International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP)
The International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP), formed in November 2012, is a group of organizations whose members were already individually working to support country cancer control planning efforts. Now, these organizations will work together on identified priorities to maximize their collective resources and avoid duplication of effort.
The long-term outcome that the ICCP is working towards is that all countries have and are implementing a quality cancer control plan, which is linked to a country’s non-communicable disease (NCD) control efforts. The ICCP believes that prioritizing cancer is critical to reaching the voluntary goal within the Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs and the WHO Global NCDs Action Plan 2013-2020: a 25% reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases) by 2025.