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enhance the implementation of cancer control since having

an effective national cancer plan will help achieve the

overarching NCD target of 25 % reduction of NCD mortality

by 2025. l

Dr Andreas Ullrich MD, MPH is Medical Officer cancer control,

which is focal point for Cancer Control with the World Health

Organization (WHO) at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and

liaison officer WHO with the International Agency for Research

on Cancer.

Dr Ullrich graduated in Medicine from the University of

Munich, Germany, specialising in internal medicine, and then

graduated in Public Health at the Bielefeld School of Public

Health, Germany where he then worked as assistant professor in

cancer epidemiology.

He joined WHO in 2001, working on its cancer control

programme which is providing global guidance to WHO

Member States in cancer control planning and capacity

building. He has since developed a WHO organization-wide

cancer prevention and control network which is engaging all

relevant technical programmes at headquarters and regional

Offices in responding to the needs of cancer control in low- and

middle-income countries. The translation of the results of

cancer research into public health practice is Dr Ullrich's focus

as liaison officer WHO IARC, WHO's cancer research institute in

Lyon, France. Dr Ullrich's current major focus is supporting

WHO member states in developing and monitoring cancer

programmes under the NCD framework and in implementing

the 2014-2020 WHO NCD Action Plan in close collaboration

with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), ACS,

the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and professional

organizations in cancer treatment (ESMO and ASCO).

Shambhu Acharya, PhD (Public Health) is currently Director ad

interim of the Department of Country Cooperation and

Collaboration within the United Nations System which is

primarily responsible for developing tools, monitoring and

supporting the formulation of country cooperation strategies.

Dr Acharya graduated with PhD in Health Policy and

Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel

Hill, USA. He worked for a year with the World Bank in

Washington DC, and subsequently in Bangladesh.

He joined WHO in 1992 as Programme Manager at WHO

Country Office in Bangladesh where he was responsible for

managing large World Bank funded projects, including one on

the prevention and control of cancer. He was later reassigned to

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia as Regional Advisor,

National Health Systems and Policies. Subsequently he was

reassigned to WHO/HQ as Technical Officer in partnership for

health sector development initiative in 1999. Since then, Dr

Acharya has been in HQ working in different capacity in the

areas of health system, country cooperation and collaboration

with UN and other partners.

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1. Ullrich A Riley L "Current national cancer control capacity" in World Cancer Report

chapter 6.2 p 538- 546; 2014 IARC Lyon France

2. UN General Assembly High level Meeting on NCDs

http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/en/ and its declaration

http://www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/political_declaration_en.pdf?ua=1

3. WHO country cooperation strategy http://www.who.int/country-cooperation/whatwho-does/ccs/en/

4. WHO NCD action plan http://www.who.int/nmh/publications/ncd-action-plan/en/

5. WHO NCD Global Monitoring framework

http://www.who.int/nmh/global_monitoring_framework/en/

6. WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control http://www.who.int/fctc/en/

7. WHO Global Strategy on Diet and Physical activity

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/en/

8. WHO Global strategy on alcohol

http://www.who.int/substance_abuse/activities/gsrhua/en/

9. Contis et al (2014) .: Contribution of six risk factors to achieving the 25x25 NCD

morality reduction target: a modelling study. Lancet

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11. WHO 12th general program of work

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12. IAEA PACT program http://cancer.iaea.org/

13. NCI Global Health program http://www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/organization/globalhealth/research-programs-initiatives/iccp

14. WHO Cancer control: knowledge into action

http://www.who.int/cancer/modules/en/

15. WHO Country Cooperation Strategies and Briefs http://www.who.int/countrycooperation/what-who-does/strategies-and-briefs/en/

16. UN Interagency taskforce http://www.who.int/nmh/ncd-task-force/en/

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