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Long-term collaborations in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)

IARC is unique among the leading cancer research institutes for its focus on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The Agency collaborates with 101 LMICs around the world.

Currently, the majority of new cancer cases worldwide occur in LMICs. Furthermore, it is predicted that future increases in cancer incidence will disproportionately affect LMICs, representing a significant health, social, and economic burden.

Against this backdrop, IARC’s engagement to advance joint research undertakings and share knowledge and experience with LMICs is of key importance, to build capacity and increase expertise for cancer control.

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Map of the 101 LMICs shaded in dark grey with who IARC collaborates based on above analyses of joint publications and ongoing projects for the period from January 2016 to June 2019. The size of the circles represents the number of collaborations (joint publications + projects) between IARC and all organizations in each LMICs concerned. LMCIs with whom IARC had no collaborations are shown in light grey. High incomes countries are shown in hashed colours. Data visualization created using Flourish* (https://flourish.studio/).


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The 101 LMICs with which IARC collaborates, based on joint publications and/or current projects, for the period from January 2016 to June 2019. The vertical axis shows the number of collaborations between IARC and all organizations in each LMIC.

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