Last fall, the American Cancer Society joined partners IBM, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network to launch Allied Against Cancer, a new alliance to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. Now, the alliance is being recognized by Fast Company magazine for its work.
The alliance received honorable mention in the Best World Changing Idea in Europe, Middle East, and Africa category as part of Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards. The contest recognizes products, concepts, companies, policies, and designs that are driving innovation for the good of society and the planet. Allied Against Cancer will be noted in the magazine’s May 5 print edition.
Allied Against Cancer works to improve access to and the quality of cancer treatment by gathering, connecting, and supporting projects and working groups that are focused on practical approaches. The group’s work includes the development of treatment guidelines for sub-Saharan Africa, education about safe handling of chemotherapy for providers in cancer centers, and improving access to essential pain medicine.
Now more than ever, our Global Cancer Control work is critical. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, cancer hasn’t stopped, so neither have our efforts to reduce the burden of the disease in low- and middle-income countries. This month, Ambassador Sally Cowal, (pictured above), senior vice president, global cancer control, co-authored an article in the Council of Foreign Relations’ Think Global Health newsletter.
In her article, she shared: “Turning the tide on cancer requires the same urgency and collaboration that we need to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. The World Health Organization's (WHO) recently released Report on Cancer estimates that seven million deaths from cancer can be avoided if governments prioritize interventions that are feasible, evidence-based, and affordable, including prevention, value-based treatment and health systems strengthening. These interventions should be integrated into universal health coverage, which aims at giving communities the health services they need without imposing financial hardship.”