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The IARC Regional Hub for Cancer Registration in Latin America was established in 2014. The model has a central coordinating centre and collaborating centers. Until very recently the Hub Coordinating Centre was based in Buenos Aires at the National Cancer Institute of Argentina. Three Collaborating Centres assist the Hub: the National Cancer Institute of Colombia, the National Cancer Registry of Uruguay, and the National Cancer Institute of Brazil (INCA).
The Hub provides covers 19 Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries in North America (Mexico); Central America and the Caribbean (Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Puerto Rico); and South America (Argentina, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)).
The Ibero-American Network of Cancer Epidemiology and Information Systems (REDEPICAN) was created in 1984 through a broad cooperation agreement between Latin American countries, Spain, and Portugal. The overall objective of REDEPICAN is to facilitate collaboration for cancer epidemiology and information systems among Ibero-American countries.
Similarly, the RINC-ALC (Network of National Cancer Institutes of Latin America) promotes the development of cancer control actions (with a focus on cervical cancer) and within those, the promotion of population-based cancer registries.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has been a key regional partner. Both the PAHO Regional Office and the more recent PAHO Subregional Office for South America support key activities, particularly training.
Discussions about the integration of efforts between the Hub and these groups are an essential element of the development of the Hub.