USA supports cancer activities of the IAEA with a contribution of 5 million US dollars

USA supports cancer activities of the IAEA with a contribution of 5 million US dollars



The United States announced today that it will allocate $ 5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for activities in support of cancer treatment in low and middle income countries, many of which do not have adequate equipment and trained personnel. to fight a growing cancer burden.

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The United States announced today that it will allocate $ 5 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for activities in support of cancer treatment in low and middle income countries, many of which do not have adequate equipment and trained personnel. to fight a growing cancer burden.

“We are grateful to the United States government for this generous and most welcome contribution,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. “Many countries rely on the IAEA’s expertise and ability to provide specific assistance that has a direct impact on the lives of cancer patients. These funds are used where they are most urgently needed. “

The US contribution was announced during an IAEA fundraising event for cancer-fighting projects and will support education, training, capacity building, equipment procurement and the advancement of innovative technologies. That includes $ 500,000 for pediatric cancer treatment in developing countries. The Principality of Monaco also announced a EUR 40,000 contribution to the IAEA Women’s Cancer Partnership Initiative at the event.

“The United States supports the IAEA’s cancer activities because we believe in the agency’s unique technical capabilities to meet the urgent needs of low- and middle-income countries,” said US executive director Louis L. Bono.

Radiation therapy is needed more than 50 percent of cancer patients, and the treatment is widely used to treat the most common types, such as breast, cervical, colon, and lung cancers. However, access to radiotherapy is inadequate and unevenly distributed around the world.

“There are many low- and middle-income countries that still do not have a single radiotherapy machine,” said Director General Grossi. “We have to do more to bridge this g.”

The IAEA supports countries in developing radiotherapy services and integrating them into comprehensive national cancer control plans. The agency offers training for nuclear and radiation medicine personnel, technical advisory services and helps with financing and procurement of equipment. Over the past ten years, the IAEA has provided more than 73 million euros for extensive activities in the field of cancer management and radiation oncology.

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the number of cancer cases is expected to rise from 19.3 million in 2020 to over 24 million per year by 2030 and 13 million people will die annually. It is estimated that 70 percent of all cancer deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.

“It is our joint responsibility to invest in the future and to ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has a fair chance in the fight against cancer,” said Grossi. “With strong engagement from the global community and national governments, such as this important US contribution, we can act decisively.”

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