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to bring access to cancer care where it is most needed

Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director General

What is the IAEA's Rays of Hope initiative?

Rays of Hope is the IAEA's cancer care initiative. Through partnerships with governments, international financial institutions and the private sector, Rays of Hope helps to save lives by increasing access to radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging services used in cancer care. 

Rays of Hope integrates the breadth of the IAEA’s six decades of expertise in helping countries fight cancer. Focusing on countries without radiotherapy or with inequitable access to cancer care, the IAEA prioritizes high-impact, cost-effective, and sustainable interventions in line with national needs and commitments. 

To ensure sustainability, these projects build or strengthen cancer care infrastructure, as well as increasing human resource capacity and training. The IAEA also contributes to improving countries’ radiation safety legislation and provides quality control to deliver safe, secure and effective cancer services. 

Join our community of donors and partners

The IAEA works in close partnership with Member States, United Nations agencies, research organizations, the private sector and civil society to maximize the impact of the Rays of Hope initiative.

A special thanks to our donors and partners, whose contributions are helping cancer patients in low and middle income countries to access life-saving diagnostic and radiotherapy equipment, and get the training required for a sustainable medical workforce.

◾️ Member States donating through Rays of Hope

◾️ Member States sharing the cost of Rays of Hope intervention

◾️ Partners supporting Rays of Hope

Several partner are supporting Rays of Hope in closing the gap in access to the medical uses of radiation technology in low and middle income countries.

◾️ Partnership agreements

In 2023, the IAEA formalised partnership agreements with three leading health technology companies, who each committed time and resources to strengthen cancer diagnosis and treatment capacity in countries around the world. 

What has been achieved so far?

More than 70 countries have already expressed interest in participating in Rays of Hope, and a broad range of donors and partners have offered substantial financial support — over 60 million to date.

In some of the Rays of Hope first wave countries (e.g. Benin), fellows have already started their training in specialities such as nuclear medicine technology, medical physics, radiation oncology, radiopharmacy, radiotherapy technology, radiation oncology and nuclear medicine. Procurement processes for diagnostic and treatment equipment has been initiated for a SPECT/CT, OSL detector for individual monitoring and a cyclotron.

Construction of radiotherapy centre on-going in one of the first African countries to benefit from Rays of Hope support.

How to get involved?

Whether you are from the public or private sector, academia or civil society, we welcome your interest in becoming a Rays of Hope donor and/or partner. You can support us by providing:

1. financial contribution

2. in-kind support in the form of equipment, educational grants and fellowship training

What difference will it make?

◾️ Your support will save lives

With additional resources, the IAEA will be able to bridge the gap in access to life saving cancer services. The initiative will support countries to build treatment facilities, purchase equipment and train medical personnel and cover the initial operating costs.

Additionally, we will be able to provide support for regional anchor centres, which are already established radiotherapy centres working closely with the IAEA. Anchor centres will serve as hubs for training and education opportunities such as fellowships, training course and workshops. They will provide advanced clinical services, continuous professional development and quality assurance. This will attract cancer care professionals from neighbouring countries and the region and help to maintain their expertise where it is needed, reinforce regional capacity building and avoid brain drain through South-South cooperation.

◾️ Your support will contribute to the Sustainable Development Agenda

The Rays of Hope initiative and its activities directly achieve the following goals:

SDG 3, Indicator 3.4, reducing premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment.

SDG 17, maximizing the nuclear technology contribution through partnerships with Member States, UN agencies, research organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

Focusing on countries with the greatest needs, Rays of Hope prioritizes high-impact, targeted and sustainable interventions.

Partner with us to save lives