“What is unique about the GTF.CCC is that it applies a two pronged approach: First, the idealist prong which pushes for best practices in global funding and sustainable international support for cancer – similar to the support afforded to AIDS, malaria, and TB. And second, the realistic prong which recognizes the limitations on the ground and works despite them, through them, and around them to reach its objectives.”
Foreword, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Oct. 23rd, 2011
Closing the Cancer Divide: A Blueprint to Expand Access in Low and Middle-Income Countries, was published by the Harvard Global Equity Initiative in October 2011. The report was developed by the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries (GTF.CCC), an initiative with the objective to “design, promote, and evaluate innovative, multi-stakeholder strategies for expanding access to cancer prevention, detection, and care in low and middle-income countries.” As a secretariat, GTF.CCC is comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders, including leadership from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Global Equity Initiative.
The GTF.CCC Report, signed by members of the task force, raises awareness around the impact of cancer in low and middle-income countries and provides recommendations on prevention, essential medicines procurement, treatment and service delivery, palliative care, and multisectoral strategies to support cancer care. The Report highlights the work of more than 115 authors and contributors and summarizes information across 56 countries.
In addition to various forewords and prefaces from a distinguished set of global leaders in oncology and global health, the Report includes the following sections:
- Part I – Much Should Be Done
- Section 1 – Overview
- Section 2 – The Global Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative
- Section 3: Investing in Cancer Care and Control
- Part II: Much Could Be Done
- Section 4: Health System Strengthening and Cancer: A Diagonal Response to the Challenge of Chronicity
- Section 5: Core Elements for Provision of Cancer Care and Control in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
- Part III: Much Can Be Done
- Section 6: Innovative Delivery of Cancer Care and Control in Low-Resource Scenarios
- Section 7: Access to Affordable Medicines, Vaccines, and Health Technologies for Cancer: Overcoming Price and Non-Price Barriers to Access
- Section 8: Innovative Financing: Local and Global Opportunities
- Section 9: Evidence for Decision-Making
- Section 9: Strengthening Stewardship and Leadership to Expand Access to Cancer Care and Control
Learn more about GTF.CCC efforts, led by Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul.