Indian healthcare model to foster global cancer mission
The IAEA is closely monitoring the Indian model to pick up vital clues for successful implementation of PACT.india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 22:02 IST
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is closely monitoring the Indian healthcare model to pick up vital clues for successful implementation of its global Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).
IAEA deputy director Werner Burkart said on Monday that the agency was impressed with the Indian healthcare system for its control over quality and cost-effectiveness.
"PACT responds to the needs of developing countries by addressing the legal, regulatory, technical and human resources needed to establish, improve or expand radiotherapy treatment programmes in the context of national cancer control strategies," he said.
However, the agency's resources were inadequate to respond effectively to the crisis posed by the increase in cancer in developing countries, he said.
"Meeting needs at present levels would cost at least one to two dollar billion now, and these needs are projected to increase by more than 50 per cent over the next 15 to 20 years," Burkart said on the sidelines of an International Conference on Application of Radiotracers.
PACT, he said, will assist in the integration of radiotherapy into national cancer control policies and programmes in a sustainable manner.
The IAEA was also studying India-specific, robust and affordable systems in the medical application of cutting edge Positron Emission Tomography (PET).
"We are also taking in a professor from the Tata Memorial Cancer centre from Mumbai into our advisory board to induct the Indian experience of the benefits of radiation therapy," he added.