Efforts to fight cancer in the developing world highlighted in special issue of Science Magazine


HSPH Dean Julio Frenk is featured in Science magazine’s March 25, 2011, special issue on the “Cancer Crusade at 40.” The article, “A Push to Fight Cancer in the Developing World,” highlights the work of Frenk and his colleagues on the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries to move cancer up on the global health priorities list. In recent years, global health attention and funding has been focused on infectious disease. With cancer fatality rates much higher in poor countries than in rich ones— a child with leukemia in Western Europe, for example, has an 85 percent chance of survival but only 10 percent if he or she lives in the developing world—some are now arguing that it’s time to close the gap.

Felicia Knaul, Frenk’s wife and also a member of the task force and director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, is featured in the same article in a profile describing her experience as a woman living with cancer and global advocate for expanded access to cancer care.

Read “A Push to Fight Cancer in the Developing World” (free registration required)

Read “Making Her Life an Open Book to Promote Expanded Care” (free registration required)

Learn more

Conference Addresses Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases of World’s Poorest Billion (HSPH feature)

Global Health Leaders Advocate for Expanding Cancer Care in Developing Countries (HSPH press release)

The Shadow Epidemic: Cancer is on the Rise in Developing Countries (Harvard Public Health Review)

photo: Kent Dayton