As part of its Breast Cancer Programme, UICC has awarded 15 grants to UICC members to support evidence-based projects focused on improving the availability and access to early detection of breast cancer.
Female breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer. If detected early enough, however, it can be treated successfully. Yet in many parts of the world, notably in low- and middle-income countries, breast cancers are detected at more advanced stages, when the disease has spread to another part of the body. Through early detection and the downstaging of disease, significant progress can be made in reducing global breast cancer mortality.
Building on the SPARC Metastatic Breast Cancer Challenge – a grants initiative that has enabled the launch of 51 new projects addressing the needs of advanced breast cancer patients since 2015 through the distribution of USD 1,565,000 – UICC has awarded 15 grants of up to USD 20,000 each to projects offering an evidence-based approach to improving the availability of and access to early detection. Projects are set to start in October 2022 and will be implemented for a maximum duration of one year.
The grants address two of the three pillars of the WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative, which aims to avert 2.5 million deaths by 2030, namely health promotion and early detection, and timely diagnosis. The 15 projects to be supported will receive up to USD 20,000 each, and focus on the following topics:
The review and selection process for the grants sought to ensure that any project supported includes access to referral systems and follow-up treatment and care for those diagnosed, of critical importance where efforts to increase early detection and timely diagnosis are being implemented.
The 15 organisations were shortlisted out of 71 applications reviewed by an independent Review Committee consisting of 13 international experts in breast cancer, chaired by Dr Julie Gralow, Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
“Survival rates for breast cancer are highest when it is detected early, accompanied by timely access to treatment,” said ASCO Chief Medical Officer Julie R. Gralow, MD, FACP, FASCO. “It’s critical that we support innovative programs enabling early diagnosis for all patients so they may have the best chances for a good outcome. We applaud these new grants for organizations working to improve early detection as an important step toward this goal.”
– Dr Julie Gralow, Chief Medical Officer of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
|Organisation||Project leader||Country||Project title|
|Asociación Salvadoreña para la Prevención del Cáncer (ASAPRECAN)||Lisseth Guadalupe Ruiz de Campos||El Salvador||Improving early diagnosis of breast cancer in a public healthcare network in El Salvador: a pilot study/ project|
|B. P. Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital||Asmita Rana||Nepal||Education and training of primary health care workers to improve patient pathway for early detection of breast cancer|
|Fundación Movicáncer Nicaragua||Orlando Benito Martinez Granera||Nicaragua||Strengthening of early detection and access to Pro Breast Health assistance in the Region of Río San Juan|
|Indira Cancer Trust||N Lanka Jayasuriya Dissanayake||Sri Lanka||National Program for Early Diagnosis of Breast Cancer through Breast Health Awareness and Clinical Breast Exam in Sri Lanka|
|International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care||Patsy Yates||Canada||Breast aware: A train the trainer programme for nurses in Africa|
|National Cancer Council of Mongolia||Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh||Mongolia||Improvement of breast cancer screening adherence in rural area of Mongolia|
|Ocean Road Cancer Institute||Nazima Dharsee||Tanzania||‘Reach and Teach’- Increasing community awareness of breast cancer in Tanzania|
|PinkDrive||Renee Goedhals||South Africa||Expansion of breast cancer screening to Limpopo|
|Public Foundation "Ergene"||Nargiza Bakirova||Kyrgyzstan||Diagnostic mobile mammography integration with CBE for breast cancer early detection in the Naryn region of Kyrgyzstan|
|Rwanda Cancer Relief||Niyibizi Asuman Brandon||Rwanda||Breast cancer early detection and care coordination in Rwanda|
|Society for Cancer Advocacy and Awareness Kuching (SCAN)||Melissa Siaw Han Lim||Malaysia||Beyond breast cancer awareness in rural Sarawak, Borneo - a documentary of outreach programs|
|Supportive Fund for Cancer Patients - Bright Future||Tran Huong||Vietnam||Awareness and capacity building for women and commune health collaborators on breast cancer prevention in ethnic minority in Vietnam|
|Uganda Women’s Cancer Support Organisation (UWOCASO)||Gertrude Nakigudde||Uganda||Improving breast cancer early diagnosis in Uganda through training of village health team volunteers about signs and symptoms of breast cancer and using patient navigation to connect them to imaging and biopsy|
|University of Malaya||Nur Aishah Taib||Malaysia||A sustainable community navigation implementation programme for early diagnosis of breast cancer amongst the disadvantaged urban poor in Selangor|