The Women Global Cancer Initiative and the Chuang Family have each pledged multi-year grants to support the IGCS Gynecologic Oncology Global Curriculum. This program is a sustainable solution increasing the capacity for quality gynecologic cancer care and research, now being utilized at 20 training sites in low-resource settings.
As the world responds to the global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem set into motion by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, IGCS has taken this challenge on by responding to the urgent need for skilled clinicians, researchers, and surgeons to meet these growing demands.
Generous donors focus on supporting the efforts of the IGCS Global Curriculum in sustainably building capacity in countries and environments that need it most.
The Women Global Cancer Initiative (TheWomen.org) is pledging annual funding, initiated by Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe, Board Member, Dr. Peter Dottino, Vice President, and co-founders of the organization. The organization has focused on research on health equity and making cancer care accessible for all women living with cancer. Their work achieves this objective through projects to fund and deliver specialized training to low-resource regions, mostly in Africa.
They have worked extensively in Liberia, implementing the country’s only pathology lab, and assisting with the establishment of the first obstetrics and gynecologic residency program. They have independently funded the fellowship training in gynecologic oncology through IGCS of a graduate of the Liberian residency program. Dr. Beddoe said that this commitment to IGCS is an extension of their goal to provide sustainable impact in the field of gynecologic cancers in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. Linus Chuang and his family have also graciously committed a multi-year donation starting in 2023. Dr. Chuang is not only supporting the program financially — he also lends his time and expertise to the cause. He has been involved in international outreach for decades and with the IGCS Global Curriculum since it began in 2017. Indeed, he is currently Chair-Elect of the Global Curriculum Committee. He is an international mentor for the Civil Service Hospital in Nepal, meaning that he travels to the institution to provide hands-on training and mentorship for the fellows and local faculty there. He also participates in monthly virtual tumor board sessions.
We have more work to do
On November 17, the Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action, we announced that the program is expanding to even more countries. We are grateful for the support and generous donations of both time and money. Our model is working, and we’ll need more support to continue our current trajectory of growth. If you’d like to learn more about the program, donate, or volunteer please contact the IGCS Mentorship and Training Program Manager, Susan Ralph at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe Ng, MD
IGCS Global Curriculum Committee Chair
Thomas Randall, MD
IGCS Global Curriculum Committee Chair Elect