- Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally.
- Approximately 70% of deaths from cancer occur in low- and middle-income countries, according to the WHO
- Direct Relief partners with leading cancer treatment companies to provide access to life-saving cancer treatment drugs to more than 50 public cancer hospitals around the world.
Pediatric Cancer Family Support Program
Direct Relief is working with the AbbVie Foundation, Baxter International Foundation, Becton Dickinson & Co., and Medtronic to help under-served families in Mexico and the Philippines to overcome barriers that prevent children with cancer from receiving treatment.
Cervical Cancer Prevention
Direct Relief is supporting access to cervical cancer detection methods such as liquid cytology, see & treat, colposcopy, CryoPen and other technologies, as well as Gardasil vaccine in children to prevent human papillomavirus, the causative agent for most cervical cancers and many other cancers. Direct Relief is implementing cervical cancer programs in Haiti, Nepal, and Peru, where over 50,000 women in high-risk regions have been provided access to cervical cancer early detection testing. More than 10,000 children have also been vaccinated to protect against cervical cancer.
Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women around the world. Women living in less developed countries often lack access to cancer education and treatment, putting them at greater risk for premature death. To improve outcomes, Direct Relief supports healthcare facilities and programs that provide comprehensive breast cancer services to women, regardless of their ability to pay.
Global Partnerships to Address Cancer
Direct Relief is a member of the globally prominent Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), as well as the specialized cervical cancer association Global Coalition Against Cervical Cancer. In addition, Direct Relief is an Implementing Partner in the UICC’s City Cancer Challenge (C/Can 2025) initiative.