On March 26-30, 2009, the American Cancer Society hosted the Africa Cancer Information and Advocacy Initiative Workshop on Cancer Control Planning, an inaugural training event in Accra, Ghana. The workshop convened 42 cancer control advocates from 21 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in four African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and South Africa – to help them develop successful cancer control programs. The cancer burden in Africa is rising, with about 650,000 people on the continent developing cancer annually. Programs that increase cancer awareness and promote early detection and survivor support programs are urgently needed in Africa, as breast, cervical, liver, prostate and HIV/AIDS-related cancers become more prevalent there. The three-day workshop opened with remarks from Dr. George Amofah, deputy director general, Ghana Health Service, and Johanna Ralston, vice president, Global Strategies, American Cancer Society. Training facilitators assisted NGO participants in the development of evidence-based project proposals for their cancer control programs. Training facilitators who work in the region provided one-on-one feedback to the participants on their draft proposals. By the end of the workshop, participants created detailed action plans for cancer control interventions or campaigns, some of which involve national or regional collaboration between participating organizations. Following the workshop, some of the participants took part in a site visit to a local Ghana cancer treatment center. In addition, Loyce Pace, director, Regional Programs, American Cancer Society met with 15 journalists from Ghana print, television, and radio media outlets to discuss the lack of cancer awareness in Ghana’s government and general public and shared insights from these discussions with workshop participants.