National Cancer Coalition Awarded USAID Grant to Support its Paraguay Program

Thursday, January 10, 2008 General News
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RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 9 The National Cancer Coalition (NCC)http://www.nationalcancercoalition.org is pleased to announce that it wasrecently awarded a $72,930 grant from the United State Agency forInternational Development (USAID) to support its Pharmaceutical Access forParaguay (PAP) program.

The PAP is a public-private partnership program that is increasing theavailability of pharmaceuticals for Paraguayans that currently have limitedaccess. The grant allows expansion of NCC local staff in order to betterimplement, monitor, and evaluate the program. During the past five years, theNCC has donated over $40 million worth of valuable medical goods to Paraguay,including: chemotherapies, specialty medicines, essential pharmaceuticals, andhospital supplies. These medical goods are provided to Paraguayan publichospitals, at no charge to the recipient institute or to the benefiting needypatients.

To mark the occasion, a hand-over ceremony was hosted by United StatesAmbassador to Paraguay James C. Cason in Asuncion. Ambassador Cason stated,"This is a prime example of the generosity of the American people and howAmerican foundations, corporations and individuals can successfullycollaborate to assist those in need in this country. We salute the job thatthe National Cancer Coalition and its partners are doing to increase access torequired pharmaceuticals in Paraguay."

NCC President & Chief Executive Officer Robert B. Landry, III commented,"NCC is honored to be awarded this USAID grant, which affirms that our medicalrelief programs are positively impacting a substantial number of underservedParaguayan patients. This USAID funding will enhance our capabilities inParaguay and enable NCC to significantly expand the reach of its programs toregions outside of Asuncion."

NCC, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, supports cancer relief,research and educational programs throughout the world. The Coalition'sinternational medical assistance program, termed NCC Cares, provides requestedpharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and hospital supplies to public hospitalsand local humanitarian organizations that help needy patients in over 40developing countries around the world.

The NCC Provides program awards financial assistance to needy cancerpatients in the U.S., helping to fulfill many of the unmet expenses associatedwith their required treatments. Through its Angel Grants program, NCC supportscutting-edge pediatric cancer research. The Coalition also develops anddistributes educational materials, resources, and televised public serviceannouncements.

For additional information, please contact National Cancer Coalition at:919-821-2182 or visit our website at http://www.nationalcancercoalition.org

SOURCE National Cancer Coalition


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