Call to Action: Become a C/Can 2025 Challenge City


What is a Challenge City?

Challenge cities are cities with populations greater than 1 million that are committed to improving access to quality cancer treatment and care through a multi-sectoral approach.

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Why become a C/Can 2025 Challenge City?

14 million new cancer cases are diagnosed each year globally, and 8.8 million cancer deaths (more than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined).  These figures are projected to rise rapidly over the next 10 years, together with the devastating social and economic costs of the cancer epidemic – particularly in low resource settings. 

With 54% of the world’s populations already living in urban environments, cities offer a critical opportunity to expand access to health services, including cancer quality cancer care for large numbers of the population in a sustainable way. 

Design and implement sustainable cancer care solutions for your city


With technical assistance from the world’s leading cancer experts, and assessed financial support from C/Can 2025 and its network of partners, C/Can 2025 Challenge Cities will be supported for a two year-period to:

  • Identify and engage all relevant stakeholders in the delivery of cancer care in the city
  • Undertake a comprehensive self-assessment of cancer care needs and develop a situational analysis report
  • Develop an activity plan based on the findings of the above-mentioned report
  • Depending on the activity, identify appropriate channels for technical assistance, partnerships/collaboration locally and internationally, one-off investments, and/or longer term financing solutions to support implementation of the city plan
  • Develop a framework to monitor and evaluate progress and impact, and support learning.

Catalyse and strengthen broader cancer control interventions including prevention and screening


The global community has committed to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025 and by 33% by 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 3.4), but, to date, much of the effort to reduce mortality has focused on addressing shared risk factors for cancer and other NCDs. C/Can 2025’s focus on treatment and care is underpinned by the recognition that even if we are able to reduce all cancer risk factors, there will still be a growing number of cancer cases over time that must be tackled, and is closely aligned with priorities identified by governments from all over the world in the recently adopted 2017 World Health Assembly Resolution on Cancer.

By raising the profile of cancer in a city, we see C/Can 2025 as a trailblazer initiative that can catalyse a more general response to cancer and NCD prevention and control including addressing prevention, screening, diagnosis, improvements in primary healthcare as well as general population awareness. 

Learn from and contribute to a global knowledge-sharing hub


Aside from identifying gaps in access to cancer care, the C/Can 2025 needs assessment process is also key to underlining areas of strength, high capacity and innovation in a city (regardless of its size, region or income setting) that can be shared, and used as a learning opportunity for other cities

Challenge Cities will have access to a suite of C/Can 2025 capacity building and convening opportunities including:

Download our Progress Report to read about an example of city-to-city learning already taking place in Latin America.

Engage in a unique multisectoral health partnership model


UICC has partners across all industry sectors and through its UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) status, it enjoys formal and productive relationships with many UN agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and others. 

C/Can 2025 is a first for cancer in that it is supported by all relevant industry sectors (pharmaceutical, radiotherapy, imaging and diagnostics, hospital builders, finance), a group of leading NGOs, local and national political leadership, and has the backing of the UN. Drawing on UICC’s network of partners and expertise,

Challenge Cities will be supported to develop and strengthen multisectoral partnerships that can help advance the design and implementation of city plans to scale- up access to quality cancer care.  

Contribute to the generation of a robust evidence-base for investment in cancer care in cities


In consultation with city stakeholders and partners, C/Can 2025 is in the process of developing a Monitoring & Evaluation framework that can track how strengthening the delivery of cancer care through tailored city solutions can improve access to quality cancer care to: build a robust evidence base, support the case for further investment and create a sustainable pathway for continuous improvement based on the experiences of people at the core of delivering cancer care in their cities.

Challenge Cities will be supported to develop and implement their own M&E framework that will be integrated with the city implementation plan, and also feed into C/Can 2025’s global monitoring and evaluation efforts.


How to become a C/Can 2025 Challenge City?

Cities wishing to join C/Can 2025 as a Challenge City are expected to:

1. Subscribe to C/Can 2025’s Principles of Engagement

2. Meet the basic eligibility criteria

3. Participate in a two-stage application process, comprising an “Expression of Interest” and “Full Application”

For more information, please refer to the "C/Can 2025 Challenge City: Call for applications".

Please note that a maximum of 5 Challenge Cities will be selected in 2018; with another call for applications to be announced in late 2018.

Last update: 
Tuesday 18 September 2018