Capacity Building for Cancer Treatment in Central and Eastern Europe

This partnership aims to eliminate disparities in cancer treatment between Central and Eastern Europe and EU 15 countries by building healthcare worker capacity, training healthcare workers and increasing patient awareness, screening and treatment.

Bridging Cancer Care™

Bridging Cancer Care directs funding and develops partnerships to help narrow the differences in care and outcomes experienced by countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Priorities include capacity building for training oncology, general practice and public health nurses to increase their ability to care for cancer patients in the community, targeting funding at the community level and seeking to improve patient health outcomes and their quality of life

Bridging Cancer Care creates innovative partnerships with government and civil society organizations to support the public health response to cancer. Funding and initiatives are targeted at the community level for health care worker training (professional and lay), and for community mobilization, education and supportive services that remove barriers to care and support patients as they manage their disease at home and in the community. Bridging Cancer Care focuses on populations disproportionately affected by cancer, including the poor, ethnic minorities and people living in rural communities with limited access to cancer services.

Lessons learned are shared at annual conferences and the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation advocates with its partners for improvements in standard of care and enabling policies based on the lessons learned.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded two, two-year grants totaling $700,000 to establish Cancer Nursing Centers of Excellence in oncology nursing and smoking cessation in Saratov Oblast, Russia, and Prague, Czech Republic. The centers will offer training and technical assistance to nurses and will disseminate lessons and impactful approaches to broader audiences throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
To date, the program has trained 5,700 healthcare workers and provided educational initatives for 476,000 people.


  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

    Service Providers
    Staff size: 10,000+

    Bristol-Myers Squibb is a global biopharmaceutical company whose mission is to discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines that help patients prevail against serious diseases. Around the...

  • Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope

    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The Beckman Research Institute (BRI) is a research facility located at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA, United States. It is dedicated to studying normal and abnormal...

  • National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development Bucharest (SNSPMS)

    Staff size: Unknown

    National School of Public Health, Management and Professional Development Bucharest contributes to increasing health care system performance and health of the population of Romania,...

  • Department of Global Health, University of Washington

    United States | Staff size: 1001-5000

    Through a generous gift and endowment from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and complementary Washington State resources, the UW Department of Global Health was established in 2007,...

  • World Services of La Crosse, Inc.

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    World Services of La Crosse, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 2001 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. It began its international work in 1992 as a cooperative partnership between...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Europe, Poland, Russian Federation, Romania, Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • Start Date 2007