Access to Oncology Medicines Coalition

A UICC-led initiative pioneering access solutions for cancer medicines

ATOM Coalition: Medicines being dispensed to patient

Focus areas

Concerted and coordinated action is essential to prevent people from dying prematurely of cancer when high-quality, affordable, and effective cancer medicines and treatment are readily available.  However, simply making cancer medicines available is not a guarantee that patients will receive the medicine they need when they need them.  

The work of the ATOM Coalition, led by UICC, extends beyond short term solutions: addressing longstanding barriers in healthcare systems that limit patient access to quality, timely cancer medicines, including registration of medicines in country, supply chain management, and the availability of pathology and diagnostic infrastructure.

The ATOM Coalition will work alongside UICC members in ATOM Coalition target countries to support country governments through locally relevant training, skill development and infrastructure strengthening aimed at strengthening the country’s capacity to receive and use cancer medicines. By leveraging the resources and expertise within the Coalition and engaging with UICC members, the capacity strengthening programme will focus on key four critical areas to respond to country-specific needs: 

  1. registration 
  2. supply chain management 
  3. pathology and diagnostic infrastructure 
  4. appropriate use with patients. 

A key focus area for the ATOM Coalition will be providing support to generic, biosimilar and originator manufacturers to register and supply quality-assured essential cancer medicines at affordable prices in ATOM Coalition target countries. The initial focus will be on increasing access to five generic essential medicines listed on the ATOM Coalition target medicines list for breast cancer and adjuvant therapies.  

Through various channels, the ATOM Coalition will focus on securing an increasing number of patented medicines and new medicines in the pipeline from biopharmaceutical companies over time. This will include exploring opportunities to extend donations programmes to ATOM Coalition target countries, discounted pricing options and voluntary licensing pathways through the Medicines Patent Pool. The initial focus will be on securing five patented medicines on the WHO EML for other priority cancers, and two patented medicines not currently on the WHO EML but recommended to pursue a voluntary license. 

The ATOM Coalition was set up to ensure that low- and lower-middle income countries get the support they need to receive the essential cancer medicines where they are currently lacking, as well as the training on their use so that their availability becomes sustainable long term and addresses the specific needs of each country with respect to its cancer burden.
Anil D'Cruz
Dr Anil D'Cruz, Co-Chair of the ATOM Coalition Executive Committee and Director of Oncology at Apollo Hospitals in India

Target priority medicines

With guidance from the Medicines Expert Advisory group, the ATOM Coalition has established a target list of priority generic, biosimilar, and patented medicines currently on the WHO EML, with a focus on cancers with the highest incidence and mortality in LLMICs: breast, lung, colorectal, prostate, cervical and childhood cancers​. 

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ATOM Coalition target countries

In its first phase, the ATOM Coalition will concentrate on strengthening access to essential oncology medicines in 46 LLMICs. In parallel, capacity building activities will commence in a subset of 10 of these 46 LLMICs based on analysis of a range of readiness criteria. Criteria include:

  • the current presence of UICC member organisations ​​​​​​​

  • the current presence of ATOM Coalition partners
  • health systems readiness
  • diagnostic capability
  • the number of essential medicines already listed on their national EMLs
  • the existence of other access programmes in the country and
  • the willingness of manufacturers to make their medicines available in those countries.


Angola, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia

Belize, Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua

Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Rep., Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Eastern Mediterranean
Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Pakistan 

South and South-East Asia
Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia

Western Pacific
Cambodia, Lao, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines  

  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • El Salvador
  • Honduras
  • India (2 states)
  • Mongolia
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Senegal
  • Uganda
  • Zambia  

  • Egypt
  • Guatemala
  • Indonesia
  • Morocco
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Tunisia

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