Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, where she serves as Co-Director of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries, an initiative she helped to found in 2009 and for which she is lead author and Editor of Closing the Cancer Divide available as a report in English, Spanish and Russian; and a book distributed by Harvard University Press in 2012. After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Dr. Knaul founded Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, a Mexican civil society organization that promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection initiatives for breast cancer in Latin America. Dr. Knaul has more than 130 academic and policy publications spanning topics including breast cancer, cancer care and control in developing countries, health system reform, women and health, and children in poverty. Dr. Knaul has held senior government posts in Mexico and Colombia and has worked for bilateral and multilateral agencies including WHO, the World Bank, and UNICEF. She is a board member of several organizations including the Union for International Cancer Control.
This year more than half of the nearly 13 million new cancer cases diagnosed worldwide and two-thirds of cancer deaths will occur in the world’s low and middle income countries (LMICs). Nearly a third of