U.S. Funding to IAEA “Rays of Hope” Project supports cancer detection and treatment in Uruguay

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is allocating $1.73 million in funding to help Uruguay improve cancer treatment with the provision of a medical linear accelerator, or “LINAC,” through the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). With this assistance, the IAEA will strengthen the capacity of Uruguay’s health system to promote cancer care through enhanced radiotherapy services at the Hospital de Clínicas, Universidad de la República, in Montevideo. A LINAC is a machine that uses electricity, rather than a radioactive source, to deliver external beam radiation treatments to cancer patients.  Thanks to its accurate targeting of tumors, LINACs offer a safe and effective treatment option.

The United States is pleased to support this procurement under the IAEA’s “Rays of Hope” initiative.  Launched in February 2022, this initiative aims to close the gap in cancer care, particularly in countries which lack or have insufficient facilities for radiation treatment. This $1.73 million in funding is part of a much larger effort by the United States to improve the lives of people in countries around the world by funding projects that further the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies through the IAEA. The NNSA’s Office of Radiological Security responds to assistance requests from domestic and international partners in more than 80 countries to enhance the security of high-activity radioactive sources and promote the adoption and development of alternative technologies, such as LINACs, to reduce overall reliance on radioactive sources.

More information on the IAEA and on technical cooperation issues under https://www.iaea.org/services/technical-cooperation-programme