City Cancer Challenge
City Cancer Challenge was launched by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the 2017 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. The launch was a coordinated response to the urgent need to support resource-limited countries in reducing their growing cancer burden as well as a recognition of the untapped potential of taking an integrated approach to three of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), health, sustainable cities and partnerships for the goals.
C/Can became a standalone Swiss foundation in January 2019. It is currently active in seven cities (Cali, Asunción, Kigali, Yangon, Tbilisi, Porto Alegre, and Kumasi) and will continue to expand as it fulfils its mission of building a global community to transform cancer care.
The C/Can model identifies cities that have both high need and high potential for improved cancer care and selects local leaders to drive the process from the ground up. A multi-sector executive committee in each city prioritizes specific needs, locates partners for capacity building, establishes sustainable financing models and monitors and shares results with other cities around the world.