The Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR) was established in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in direct response to the growing cancer burden and paucity of cancer data. IARC, the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has served as the global reference for cancer information over its 50 year history.

CARPHA has partnered with the GICR to implement the IARC Regional Hub for Cancer Registration for the Caribbean, termed the IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub.

The IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub became operational in 2015 with the additional support of key regional partners:

  • the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR)
  • the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health
  • the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)

The overall objective of the IARC Caribbean Cancer Registry Hub is to provide technical support to build in-country capacity to collect, analyse and communicate cancer data in the Caribbean region.