Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative

Knaul FM, Gralow JR, Atun R, Bhadelia A. (Eds.) based on the work of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Global Equity Initiative, 2012. Distributed by Harvard University

Posted: 31 Jan 2013

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Felicia Knaul

Mexican Health Foundation; Harvard Global Equity Initiative

Julie Gralow

Independent

Rifat A. Atun

Imperial College London

Afsan Bhadelia

Independent

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Cancer has become a leading cause of death and disability and a serious yet unforeseen challenge to health systems in low-and middle-income countries. A protracted and polarized cancer transition is under way and fuels a concentration of preventable risk, illness, suffering, impoverishment from ill health, and death among poor populations. Closing this cancer divide is an equity imperative. The world faces a huge, unperceived cost of failure to take action that requires an immediate and large-scale global response.

Closing the Cancer Divide presents strategies for innovation in delivery, pricing, procurement, finance, knowledge-building, and leadership that can be scaled up by applying a diagonal approach to health system strengthening. The chapters provide evidence-based recommendations for developing programs, local and global policy-making, and prioritizing research. The cases and frameworks provide a guide for developing responses to the challenge of cancer and other chronic illnesses. The book summarizes results of the Global Task Force on Expanding Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, a collaboration among leaders from the global health and cancer care communities worldwide, originally convened by Harvard University. It includes contributions from civil society, global and national policy-makers, patients and practitioners, and academics representing an array of fields.

Keywords: cancer, health systems, low-and middle-income countries, impoverishment

Suggested Citation

Knaul, Felicia and Gralow, Julie and Atun, Rifat A. and Bhadelia, Afsan, Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative (2012). Knaul FM, Gralow JR, Atun R, Bhadelia A. (Eds.) based on the work of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Global Equity Initiative, 2012. Distributed by Harvard University . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2209260

Felicia Knaul (Contact Author)

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Julie Gralow

Independent

Rifat A. Atun

Imperial College London ( email )

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London, DC SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

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Afsan Bhadelia

Independent

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