ImPACT country reviews for cancer therapy in the Asia Pacific

Project Details

In 2020 , it was estimated that there were over 19 million new cancer cases and close to 10 million related deaths, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). By 2040, these figures are expected to increase to over 30 million new cancer cases a year and 16 million deaths. The greatest impact of this increase will fall on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with LMICs expected to account for around 70 per cent of all cancer deaths by 2040.

Not all cancers and populations respond equally to different public health interventions for cancer management. All health systems, regardless of the resources at their disposal, must carefully coordinate multiple system and social changes from public health policies, and risk factor prevention, to comprehensive treatments and palliative care services among many others.

One of the main challenges countries face in successfully tackling their cancer burden is the ability to formulate realistic and robust cancer control strategies and plans which allow these interventions to be strengthened in harmony, in conjunction with wise use of available resources. In close cooperation with the World Health Organization, IARC and other partners, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), support countries to safely and effectively develop multiple elements of health systems to reduce, avoid and manage the burden of cancer.

The integrated mission of PACT (imPACT Review) provides governments and their partners with an extensive baseline situation analysis and a set of recommendations to guide cancer control planning and investments across the cancer control spectrum, from prevention to palliative care.

This year, the Nossal Institute has collaborated with the IAEA to provide technical advisory support to the imPACT review missions in Fiji, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea. The systems thinking expertise available at the Nossal Institute has combined effectively with the input of a team of technical experts in the context of a detailed assessment of health financing, governance and planning, as well as other disciplines and technical areas to provide recommendations which are appropriately in alignment  with the needs and capabilities of countries.


Clare Strachan

Chris Bates


International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

World Health Organization, Western Pacific Regional Office


This project is funded by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Research Group

Health Systems Governance and Financing

School Research Themes

Data science, health metrics and disease modeling, Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Nossal Institute for Global Health

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