Global Cancer Treatment

We work in low- and middle-income countries to expand access to high-quality chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and pain relief, as well as getting patients diagnosed and in to treatment earlier.

Our global treatment work began through supporting the introduction of low-cost oral morphine in several countries that previously did not have a consistent supply of opioids. As essential pain medications were made available, additional focus was geared towards integrating pain treatment into routine hospital care by training health workers, raising motivation and awareness about pain relief. Building on this uptake the Global Cancer Treatment team has expanded its programming in improving access to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Explore our current global cancer treatment programs and initiatives on this page. 


ChemoSafe is a comprehensive approach to promote the safe handling and administration of chemotherapy and quality service provision to patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. The program encompasses the lifecycle of chemotherapy delivery, including logistics, compounding, administration (including diagnostics and side effect management), and disposal. It engages all healthcare and facility workers with the potential for interaction with chemotherapy, such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses, students and trainees, cleaners, and laundry workers.

African Cancer Coalition

The African Cancer Coalition is a growing consortium of oncology experts in Africa working with The American Cancer Society, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), IBM Foundation and The Clinton Health Access initiative to develop standard cancer treatment guidelines for use in Sub-Saharan Africa. Clinical professionals at NCCN, Member Institutions are working alongside Coalition experts to outline approaches to managing common cancer cases to achieve the highest standard of care with available resources. These Guidelines represent both the optimal care that these countries aspire to provide and pragmatic approaches that provide effective treatment options for resource-constrained settings.

Treat the Pain

The Treat the Pain program is designed to improve access to essential pain medicines. More than 3.2 billion people worldwide lack access to adequate pain relief even though morphine, the most effective treatment for severe pain, is safe, effective, plentiful, inexpensive, and easy-to-use. The program provides technical support to improve patient access to opioid analgesics, with a focus on low and middle-income countries with high unmet need for pain relief.

Pain Free Hospital Initiative

The Pain Free Hospital Initiative is a one-year hospital-wide quality improvement initiative to integrate pain treatment into service delivery by providing education for patients and staff, raising motivation and awareness, documenting pain levels, improving medicine supply, and communicating impact. The Initiative is a low-cost intervention designed to demonstrate effectiveness and create local champions for pain relief.