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André Ilbawi



Department of Universal Health Coverage, World Health Organization

Dr André Ilbawi is a medical doctor, specialized and double-board certified in surgical oncology. Dr Ilbawi joined the World Health Organization in 2015 and now serves as the focal point for the cancer programme at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  
In his current position, Dr Ilbawi is responsible for implementation of the 2017 World Health Assembly resolution on cancer prevention and control. He was Executive Editor of the 2020 WHO Report on Cancer and has supported additional WHO publications on broad topics ranging from guidance on cancer prevention to access to cancer health products. Dr Ilbawi also led the development of the WHO/IARC priority setting tool for cancer control, workforce optimization strategies and other tools to support capacity building. He led the launch of the WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer (2018), now being implemented in 30+ countries, as well as supported the launch of WHO Global Breast Cancer Initiative (2021) and implementation of the WHO Cervical Cancer Initiative based on the WHO Resolution on the Global Strategy for the Acceleration of the Elimination of Cervical Cancer (2020). 

Dr. Ilbawi is a member of ESMO and of the ESMO Global Policy Committee. 


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