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Cancer Registries

In 2020, cancer caused nearly one in six (10 million) deaths; seventy percent of those deaths occur in resource-constrained countries.

The Cancer Registries Program supports selected countries in establishing and bolstering population-based cancer registries to track cancer data, which allows countries to better understand the burden of prevailing cancers within their borders and respond effectively. Each country collaboration focuses on a combination of strengthening existing registries, building new ones where appropriate, and offering technical assistance and training activities. Our goal is to support a sustainable registry system that informs data-driven planning, including informing cancer control and prevention activities, prioritization and budgeting, and policy development.

Why It Matters

  • 15 population-based cancer registries are supported by Vital Strategies.

Focus Areas

  1. Infrastructure and staff support to strengthen existing registries or new registries according to international best practices
  2. Technical assistance at site- and national-level for procedures, plans, reports and analyses
  3. Training on registry methods, approaches and techniques
  4. Establish cancer registry coordination centers in Africa to convene African cancer registry expertise, foster cross-center collaboration, and as a platform for African experts to provide technical assistance and strengthen capacity throughout the continent.

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About the Data for Health Programs

The Data for Health Initiative is a global effort supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies with additional support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Initiative provides technical and financial assistance to low- and middle-income countries worldwide to improve public health data.

Vital Strategies serves as an implementing partner in the Initiative, with several programs related specifically to data improvement and public health intelligence: The Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Program assists governments in strengthening their systems for counting every birth and death and for monitoring the causes of death; the Data Impact Program supports governments to maximize the use of data to enhance public health policymaking and decision-making; the Cancer Registries Program provides assistance to governments in establishing and strengthening population-based cancer registries; and the Global Grants Program provides funds to government and local experts to implement discrete projects focused on data for public health decision-making.

The various Data for Health programs support country partners to strengthen data systems including a focus on gender equity, and all have worked in collaboration to produce guidance and technical assistance on COVID-19 for government partners, enabling them to better measure the scale of the crisis within their borders and execute a data-driven response.