Discover programme highlights, including the award recipients of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Fellowship, GAPRI and Cervical Cancer Initiative milestones, and UICC’s partners' training opportunities and upcoming application deadlines.

Global Education and Training Initiative (GETI)

Learn more about UICC’s partners' training opportunities worldwide and upcoming application deadlines.

2012 McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Fellowships announced

UICC and the Cancer Council Australia are pleased to announce the award of two McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Fellowships of AU$ 15,000 each. The awardees are:

Mr Vuyile Dumisani Dlamini, Legal Advisor in the Ministry of Health, Mbabane, Swaziland and Ms Halina Samulenka, Legal Advisor & Deputy Director for the EAFO Educational & Research Centre “Eurasian Oncology Program”, Moscow, Russian Federation.

The aim of the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Fellowship is to provide opportunities for lawyers working in cancer control to develop their skills and expertise by working on projects of interest to them during a maximum 3-month placement at the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, in collaboration with McCabe Centre and Cancer Council Australia staff, and academic and other McCabe Centre collaborators.

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates, preferably from low- or middle-income countries, must have an academic qualification in law and relevant professional background. The candidate should have the ability to demonstrate how the proposed fellowship will contribute to cancer control nationally, regionally or internationally.

This Fellowship is administered under the umbrella of the UICC ICRETT funding scheme.

To learn more about the UICC - McCabe Initiative:

IARC Training Opportunity – Expertise Transfer Fellowship

The IARC is offering an Expertise Transfer Fellowship to enable an established investigator to spend normally from six to twelve months in an appropriate host institute in a low- / medium-resource country in order to transfer knowledge and expertise in a research area relevant for the host country and related to the Agency’s programmes. The major areas of activity are focused on understanding cancer etiology (including infections, nutrition, lifestyle, environment, radiation, genetics), developing strategies for cancer prevention (primary prevention, screening) and elucidating the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis through studies of molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics and molecular pathology.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants should be established cancer researchers actively engaged in the field with appropriate scientific or medical qualifications and an excellent publications’ record. They must also belong to the staff of a university or a research institution. Applications should include a proposed collaborative research project, specifying the link to IARC’s on-going activities and a letter of support from the host lab giving details of feasibility and anticipated benefit to the receiving institute. A letter of endorsement from a research Group at IARC must also be provided. Priority will be given to projects directly linked to IARC’s on-going research programme, involving at least one contact at IARC.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 December 2012. Read more details here (English/French) or go to IARC website:

2013 Application Deadlines for UICC Fellowships and Training Workshops

  • YY Fellowships: 15 January 2013 and 1 July 2013
  • ACSBI Fellowships:  1 November 2013
  • APCASOT Fellowships: October 2013
  • ICRETT Fellowships: Open application
  • ICRETT Workshops: Open application

Apply now:

Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative (GAPRI)

Launch of the Pain-Free Hospital Initiative in three cancer centers in India with Pallium India

In November, GAPRI joined our colleagues at Pallium India to launch the Pain-Free Hospital Initiative in three cancer hospitals in India. The Pain-Free Hospital Initiative is a one-year quality improvement project to improve hospital-based pain treatment. At the end of the year, all patients will be routinely asked about their pain and reported pain will be promptly and appropriately treated.

Together with Dr Rajagopal and Dr Charu Singh of Pallium India, we met with the directors and clinical staff of the first three participating cancer hospitals in India: Malabar Cancer Centre in Thalaserry, Cacher Cancer Hospital in Silchar, and Thakurpukur Cancer Hospital in Kolkata.

Together, we mapped out detailed plans for integrating pain assessment and treatment more fully into patient care. The initiative will have four key activities:

  • Motivating staff to assess and treat pain by implementing awareness campaigns in the hospital and routinely using our “slap” pain scale wristbands to assess pain levels in patients and document them along with other routine vitals
  • Equipping staff to better treat pain by conducting short and regular trainings for staff on clinical pain management according to the World Health Organization guidelines
  • Periodically measuring pain scores among inpatients and knowledge and attitude surveys among physicians and nurses to document impact
  • Communicating of activities and impacts of the initiative with local medical authorities and policymakers

Together with the hospital leaders, we introduced the project to staff, brainstormed how we’ll implement the project, and introduced the new wristband pain scales. We also piloted the measurement tools, measuring pain levels among inpatients and knowledge and attitudes about pain treatment among clinical staff. We’ll all be meeting up again at Pallium India in January to develop standard training curricula and plans and finalise the implementation plans.

It was a real pleasure to be with our colleagues at Pallium India and to meet our new collaborators at the three cancer hospitals. They’ll be leading the way to developing new models for improving access to pain relief in India and reducing pain and suffering among their cancer patients and we’re delighted to be able to work with them on this important effort.

Cervical Cancer Initiative (CCI)

2012 was an exciting year for the Cervical Cancer Initiative, as we were able to start the implementation of the strategic plan that we had developed over the previous year.

We would like to share with you the highlights of the country work that was initiated in El Salvador and Guatemala, which we are rolling out with the support of our partners in the region, PAHO and the IPPF/WHR.

El Salvador:

ASAPRECAN, the Salvadoran Demographic Association and the Ministry of Health are working together on a joint project aimed at educating communities about HPV and cervical cancer, and offering screening days to those communities where education has taken place in the department of Sonsonate. 

In parallel, the Ministry and local PAHO are working on an update of the national cervical cancer plan and its implementation guidelines

Having initiated its activities in July, the project has already started educating communities using With Love We Learn, a method developed by the American Cancer Society, for couples to learn about cervical cancer through their church. The aim is for 1,500 individuals to benefit from this method in the first year of the project.

Following the community education, a screening day is organised by the Salvadoran Demographic Association in each community. SDA hand deliver results to women around 2 weeks after the Pap test is taken, thus ensuring that women receive their results and are advised if they require further treatment.


ISDM, APROFAM and the Guatemalan Ministry of Health have come together for a project aimed at developing a national cervical cancer control plan (NCCCP). By applying a consensus-building methodology developed by Interpeace, a Swiss NGO active in peace-building, they are aiming at putting in place all the building blocks that are required for an NCCCP to be successful, such as a sense of ownership and a participatory approach.

The project’s planning phase ran over the summer and they are now ready to start its implementation.


We look forward to seeing these projects progressing over the coming year, and we are excited about the prospect about seeing CCI grow in Central America. Scoping of work has been initiated in Honduras, and we hope to see work similar to that being carried out in El Salvador and Guatemala be developed in the country. We also look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with our key partners in the region.