Given all the global health discussions going on this week around the Global Fund replenishment conference, it is worth noting that we rarely talk about cancer as a disease that plagues the developing world. But cancer is there, just like it is everywhere.
The difference, though, is that there are very few treatment options for a cancer patient in, say, Kenya. One Kenyan doctor interviewed in this video says a population of 40 million people is served by only two radiological machines and four oncologists.
As the video shows, when the International Atomic Energy Agency is not acting as “the UN nuclear watchdog” it helps build capacity to treat cancer in the developing world. This makes sense, as one of the IAEA’s main missions is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Fighting cancer certainly fits into that category.