National cancer control programmes: Planning step 3

How do we get there?

This step refers to formulating and implementing a concrete action plan that includes an evaluation system with process and outcome indicators.

Once the cancer control plan is agreed upon by the stakeholders, it should be given the widest possible distribution within the country. The process of translating a cancer control plan into action requires strengthening the capacity of the health system. This includes competent management and leadership which are essential to ensure that the right methods are applied in the right place, at the right time, with the right people to mobilize resources, track progress and move ahead.

Priority interventions could be implemented using a stepwise approach, focusing initially on what can be done with better organization of available resources in a target area where there is good potential for success. As results are successfully demonstrated, more resources can be justified and the programme can be expanded.

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