The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a non-governmental organisation which was founded in 1933 to accelerate the fighting spirit of global health community against cancer. It is previously called International Union Against Cancer.
It works with World Health Organisation, World Economic Forum and other UN’s specialised agencies as a partner to tackle cancer on a global scale. It has a membership of over 800 organisations across 155 countries, and features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups.
Governing Bodies of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
UICC is governed by its member organisations, which meet in a general assembly, held in conjunction with the World Cancer Congress, every two years. Between assemblies, a board of 17 directors, elected by the General Assembly, act as the executive body of UICC. According to the constitution, the General Assembly shall be attended by:
1. Full member organisations
2. Associate member organisations
3. Other observers by special invitation of the President
4. Member of the Board of Directors
5. The Chief Executive Officer
Capacity Building of UICC
UICC focus on five priority areas and target advocacy, education and training for capacity building through high-impact global programmes.
1. Global Education and Training Initiative: The prime objective of this initiative is to provide leadership in healthcare workforce solutions on the basis of evidence, sharing of best practice and targeted training.
2. Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative: It is a programme of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to address target 8 of the World Cancer Declaration to make essential pain medicines universally available by 2020.
3. Women's Cancer: The prime objective of a programme of the Union for International Cancer Control to specifically reduce the number of women developing cervical cancer and dying from the disease.
4. Childhood Cancer: UICC formulated this initiative to increase the proportion of children surviving cancer especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).
5. Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development: It is a multi-partner response to the disparity in robust cancer statistics across the globe, led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).