IAEA launches initiative to reduce global disparities in cancer treatment

As the number of cancer deaths is expected to increase by 60% over the next two decades, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has announced the launch of measures to close the gaps in cancer treatment in poor and underdeveloped countries.

According to reports, the IAEA is initially focusing on Africa, as the country has a high rate of cancer deaths due to lack of access to treatments such as radiation therapy and life-saving nuclear drugs.

To deal with this situation, Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, reportedly announced “Rays of Hope”, an initiative of the IAEA on the eve of a summit of African heads of state in Addis Ababa, capital of the Ethiopia.

Apparently, out of the 55 member countries of the African Union, almost 20 nations do not have radiotherapy machines for the treatment of cancer.

Rafael pointed out that people living in underdeveloped countries are dying from cancer, which in most cases is curable and treatable, and providing treatment for them in these countries is their moral duty.

He added that the initiative will enable organizations to save lives and support communities and countries that depend on the health of their people.

According to credible reports, the launch event took place on World Cancer Day and was co-hosted by Macky Sall, President of Senegal; Didier Mazenga, Minister for Regional Integration; and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and incoming Chair of the African Union, speaking on behalf of Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, current Chair.

Furthermore, Grossi, in a joint statement with General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization, mentioned that cancer treatment disparity is widespread globally but is relatively acute in Africa.

The IAEA and WHO, along with Rays of Hope, affirmed in unison that the organizations are currently aiming to reduce the disparity in cancer care and to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Agenda for Cancer. sustainable development 2030.

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