Cancer leaders provide guidance for national action in lead up to World Cancer Day

31 January 2018

Panel discussion brings together experts from MSD, PATH, The WHO and UICC.

Not knowing what to do when faced with a daunting problem is incredibly frustrating, 
but not doing what you know is tragic.
– Dr Julie Gerberding, MSD

With the adoption of the 2017 Cancer Resolution by the World Health Organization (WHO) this past May, the lead up to World Cancer Day 2018 provided an opportune moment for cancer leaders and experts to come together to share and examine the policy recommendations of this landmark document.  

With a discussion across the cancer continuum, as well as on financing, systems, policies, partnerships and infrastructure, the focus was finely sharpened on feasible actions to support effective implementation of cancer plan priorities.

The 2017 Cancer Resolution has indeed created a sense of urgency for national action, but most importantly, it has done so with a positive and productive lens on how policy can shape and support nationally impactful cancer control.

In this webinar co-hosted between UICC and MSD, hear the robust exchange between leading experts as they share their experiences in improving access to treatment and the quality of life of cancer patients within a country.  

Watch back the recording of the live webinar:

Download the webinar slides.
Panel speaker line-up:
  • Dr Julie Torode, Deputy CEO and Director of Advocacy and Networks, UICC 
  • Ms Martha Brady, Program Leader, Reproductive Health, PATH
  • Professor Sanchia Aranda, President, UICC and CEO, Cancer Council Australia
  • Dr Julie Gerberding, Chief Patient Officer and EVP, Strategic Communications, Global Public Policy, and Population Health, MSD, as well as guest speaker,
  • Dr André Ilbawi, Medical Officer, Cancer Control, World Health Organization

The live webinar was broadcasted to civil society representatives, policy makers, and health professionals in over a dozen countries, including the US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Slovenia, Turkey, Switzerland, Nigeria, Japan, Malaysia and Bermuda.


About World Cancer Day 

A truly global event taking place every year on 4 February, World Cancer Day unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. It aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness and education about the disease, and pressing governments and individuals across the world to take action. Spearheaded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day 2018 takes place for the last year under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’, which explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.

Last update: 
Monday 5 February 2018
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