2010 in Brief

The year 2010 was a special year for INCTR since it marked the 10th anniversary of the opening of the office in Brussels and was both a year of expansion and reflection. Ten years would seem an appropriate time for a full review of INCTR’s activities and approaches as well as its accomplishments. This process continues in 2011, during which considerable attention will be given to identifying mechanisms to increase the organization’s financial base, while consolidating its credibility. It is apparent that INCTR has been successful to date, measured in part by the lives saved or improved through its programs and projects, which are described in this report, and the development of relationships with other major organizations and institutions. These include, but are not limited to, the NCI, USA (see p. 38), the World Health Organization (during 2010, INCTR achieved the status of an NGO in official relations with WHO); the Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), with which INCTR is working with in the areas of palliative care, as well as the development of a virtual University in sub-Saharan Africa, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) with which INCTR has developed a strategic alliance, the European School of Oncology, with which it works on several educational projects, and the French National Cancer Institute, with which it works (especially through the French Branch, AMCC) in pathology training in Francophone Africa. INCTR also works with a number of NGOs, including Children in Crossfire, Pallium, Tucca and has contributed to various meetings and documents relating to preparations for the UN “High Level Meeting” on non-communicable diseases that will take place in September and which will be devoted exclusively to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). INCTR has also continued to conduct a number of clinical and other projects, which are gradually expanding, has added cancer registration to its programs and continues to assist in the preparation of various WHO and other publications (e.g., WHO guidelines on the control of cervical cancer, a prioritized research agenda for prevention and control of non-communicable disease research (also produced by WHO), G20 Health, and the Commonwealth Health Minister's booklet on NCDs, a Priority for the Commonwealth). It has undergone significant reorganization of its branches and is in the process of creating several new branches.

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