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Call for a World Health Assembly cancer resolution in 2017

In developing countries where the cancer burden is set to increase most rapidly, governments are urgently seeking best-practice guidance for implementation and scale up of phased, feasible and quality national cancer control programmes.

Achieving sustainable services with equitable access for timely cancer diagnosis and early and potentially curative treatment, which we know is cost-effective, is where help is most urgently needed. This was eloquently articulated earlier this year by Member States partners at UICC’s co-hosted World Health Assembly side event with Jordan, Malaysia, Spain, Zambia and Honduras.

We believe that it is critical to respond to this need by uniting as a cancer community to call for a comprehensive and robust World Health Assembly cancer resolution in 2017.

The resolution would articulate a clear framework for a health systems response for cancer, establishing the core disciplines and services for a holistic, impactful and scalable response, adapted to the local burden and aligned with national capacities. It represents an opportunity to bring together, existing commitments from World Health Assembly resolutions in the past few years that are highly relevant for cancer including palliative care, access to surgery and anaesthesia, essential medicines, patient-centred primary care and the lifecourse and aging agenda.

We encourage you to reach out to your Minister of Health and national policy makers to secure their support for a cancer resolution at the 140th Meeting of the WHO Executive Board in January 2017, so that it can be considered for adoption at the 70th World Health Assembly in May 2017. We have prepared a template letter to help you in this endeavour. 

Please contact UICC's advocacy team via advocacy@uicc.org to find out more about the resolution and how you can support it.