Cancer Advocates programme

The Cancer Advocates programme is one of UICC’s Capacity Building programmes, an opportunity for UICC Member organisations in low- and middle-income countries to strengthen their ability to advocate for improved cancer control in their countries. 

Inspiring and supporting national action

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UICC members who are selected to join the programme, known as Country Champions, will receive expert guidance and personalised technical support, enabling them to gain the confidence, knowledge and advocacy skills to achieve transformational change.

Country Champions will:
  • Unite with other organisations in their countries, jointly identify key national advocacy priorities and together lead a national advocacy campaign;
  • Seek to engage key decision-makers, including national governments and parliaments, to address health and social inequities;
  • Inspire a sense of shared purpose within their national networks and generate momentum.

Building on a legacy of success

Following the adoption of the 2017 World Health Assembly cancer resolution, "Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approachwhich reaffirmed cancer control as a global health priority, UICC launched the Cancer Advocates programme under its original name, Treatment for All, in 2018.

First cohort
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Second cohort
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What’s included in the Cancer Advocates programme?

Alongside a comprehensive range of learning tools and resources to equip these organisations to engage in more effective advocacy, Country Champions will uniquely benefit from UICC’s network of experts and membership community, UICC’s role in global cancer advocacy, and exposure to UICC’s flagship convening events.

Key course topics include:
  • building effective networks and coalitions;
  • developing strong national advocacy strategies;
  • engaging key decision-makers, including government and parliament;
  • how to secure financial resources for the implementation of national advocacy strategies;
  • reviewing and monitoring progress.
Content and expertise will be provided through the following:
  • a practical guide to effectively advocating for cancer control, available in English, Spanish and French;
  • supporting webinars delivered via an online platform;
  • dedicated interactive workshops at relevant UICC events;
  • personalised support and mentoring through individual sessions with experts and leaders;
  • monthly video-conference calls with the community of Country Champions in English, Spanish and French;
  • regular engagement and on-demand support from the UICC team.

How UICC delivers an effective programme

Meaningful content: UICC, leveraging its network and community, develops meaningful content providing current knowledge and thinking to inform, support and increase understanding of different technical and skills-based topics.

Peer-to-peer learning: UICC facilitates the regular exchange of experiences and information, uniting participants and strengthening their national activities and strategies.  

Networking: UICC connects members with experts on the frontlines of health and development, giving participants access to a wealth of knowledge and experience in campaigning, organising, fundraising, communication and more.

What is required of Country Champions?

12-month commitment concluding with the launch of a national advocacy strategy



Monthly submission of completed modules



3 hours of work per week

Who can participate in the Cancer Advocates programme?

When the application process is open, UICC member organisations from low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply.

The selection criteria for current programme participants are based on their preparedness to take national action, to engage meaningfully with various stakeholders in their countries and monitor progress effectively.

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This programme is also supported by the Breast Cancer Programme, and works with UICC members to advance advocacy efforts on breast cancer.   



Last update: 
Wednesday 22 December 2021
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