Led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge is a multisectoral initiative supporting cities to take the lead in the design, planning and implementation of cancer treatment solutions.
As a Challenge City, Tbilisi will be supported over two years to:
UICC, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, and the city of Tbilisi have now signed a letter of intent outlining their commitment to work together in the coming weeks on the development of a full Memorandum of Understanding and schedule of work, which will underpin and support the implementation of C/Can 2025 in the cities.
Speaking about what motivated Tbilisi to become a C/Can 2025 Challenge City, Dr Maia Lagvilava, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia stated, “Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) remain the major challenge for the health system of Georgia despite public health interventions and improved access to health care. NCDs make up the greatest proportion of the total burden of disease and injuries, and account for nearly 94% of all deaths, among them 14% due to cancer. We hope this initiative will support our country to strengthen cancer treatment solutions and together we will overcome the challenges.”
The city of Tbilisi was among those to respond to UICC’s call to action in November 2017, inviting cities that are committed to improving access to quality cancer treatment and care to apply to become C/Can 2025 Challenge Cities. Applicant cities were required to commit to the C/Can 2025 principles of engagement including partnering with both the public and private sectors, and providing evidence of an engaged city leadership, and cancer and NCD community that could drive the initiative in the city. In addition to the city leadership, Tbilisi’s application to become a Challenge City was supported by civil society organisation, Georgia Patients’ Union, as well as Roche Georgia LLC.
“It is a great opportunity for Tbilisi and generally for Georgia to be part of this project. Even though Tbilisi has taken successful steps to create a better environment for oncology patients, being a C/Can 2025 Challenge city will definitely help to develop oncology direction in Tbilisi and will be exemplary for different cities of the country,” shared Gela Chiviashvili, Head, Department of Health Care & Social Services, Tbilisi Municipality City Hall.
Over the next three months, the C/Can 2025 team will continue reviewing applicant cities through a number of site visits, with additional Challenge Cities to be announced later in the year.
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UICC is the largest international cancer-fighting organisation, with over 1,065 member organisations across 164 countries representing the world's major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes, treatment centres and patient groups. The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. UICC and its multisectoral partners are committed to encouraging governments to look towards the implementation and scale-up of quality and sustainable programmes that address the global burden of cancer and other NCDs. UICC is also a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2,000 organisations in 170 countries.
For more information, please visit: www.uicc.org
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