If you’ve visited this blog before, you’re likely already aware that the Center for Global Health (CGH) is NCI’s team responsible for coordinating and prioritizing activities to advance global cancer research. We help other countries build their own technical expertise, as well as connect and leverage resources across nations to address the challenges of cancer and reduce cancer deaths worldwide. We call this our “global health diplomacy.”
It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of the 7.6 million annual cancer deaths in the world occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Furthermore, the incidence rate of cancer is on the rise in populations of many LMICs, with substantial inequalities in cancer survival rates across the world. Access to cancer prevention, screening, detection, diagnosis, and treatment are significant challenges in many LMICs, especially in rural areas with limited infrastructure.
Prevention, early detection, and treatment are vital to the successful treatment of many cancers in LMICs. However, much of this depends on effective technologies, many of which are not suitable for use in low resource settings due to expense, dependency on extensive medical infrastructure, or both. This situation warrants translational efforts to develop appropriate technologies that could help improve treatment of cancers in resource-poor settings.
The mission of the Center for Global Health is to advance global cancer research, build expertise, and leverage resources across nations to reduce cancer deaths worldwide. We carry out that mission by getting together people to share knowledge and expertise, where it is needed most, in low-and-middle-income countries. Sometimes we offer “virtual” guidance through the Internet or on conference calls, and other times, we go where we are needed. Our most recent in person effort took place at the East Africa Cancer Control Leadership Forum in Lusaka, Zambia from June 16–18, 2014.
The goal of the forum in Lusaka was clear: to carry out our mission by continuing to help our African partners develop their own individual cancer control programs. We do this by getting together cancer control experts to exchange ideas, best practices, experiences and plans to help reduce the global burden of cancer. We call this “global health diplomacy.”
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), Center for Global Health (CGH) in collaboration with the Office of Cancer Centers, is pleased to announce the 2013 awardees of the Request for Proposals for Pilot Collaborations with Low- and Mid-Income Countries (LMICs) in Global Cancer Research or Global Health Research at NCI-Designated Cancer Centers.
In 2013, CGH and the Office of Cancer Centers developed a funding opportunity to promote research collaborations between NCI-Designated Cancer Centers with institutions in LMICs to stimulate cancer research pilot programs and expand the reach of Cancer Centers in international settings. The scope of these pilot proposals was broad, and included a range of research projects, trainings, advanced technologies, development of clinical research networks, and other focus areas that support the development of cancer research capacity in LMICs.
The Center for Global Health (CGH) is embarking on its third year within the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and I am pleased with the extraordinary progress and achievements made by our dedicated staff members. CGH has established new, and strengthened ongoing, initiatives and programs with great success, including the regional Leadership Forums for Cancer Control Planning, the United States – Latin America Cancer Research Network, and the regional Grant Writing Workshops. We have also developed several funding opportunities in collaboration with partners across NIH and our stakeholders. I feel that one of our greatest accomplishments is the partnerships we have forged across the globe to support mutual interests in cancer research and help advance the worldwide fight against cancer.
Our newly redesigned website features the CGH Spotlight, a blog forum for CGH staff members to share stories and information about CGH events, news, and happenings. We have also enhanced our site navigation and overall content to tell a more holistic story about who we are, what we do, and the importance of supporting global health.