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