Cancer organisations worldwide called to join efforts for greater equity in access to cancer treatment and care

4 February 2018

​Launched by the Union for International Cancer Control, the new ‘Treatment for All’ campaign aims to promote greater equity in access to cancer services to reduce the 4.3 million premature deaths due to cancer each year.

UICC calls on cancer and aligned civil society organisations around the world to join forces and drive national action toward cancer treatment and care for all. A suite of materials is available for UICC members and other cancer and NCD advocates to get involved.

Sunday 4 February 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland: This World Cancer Day, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) launches its new campaign Treatment for All. Building on the commitments of the 2017 cancer resolution, this flagship advocacy initiative aims to unite the cancer community behind a call to address the global equity gap in access to cancer services through strengthening health systems and encouraging governments to improve the provision of information, availability and access to treatment and care.

Treatment for All focuses attention on the network of services and patient pathways that evidence demonstrates will decrease the 4.3 million premature deaths from cancer worldwide. The global campaign aims to mobilise a growing network of motivated national cancer and other civil society organisations intent on partnering with governments to fulfil their obligations to deliver a 25% reduction in premature deaths through cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025.

Treatment for All will encourage countries to deliver across four key pillars of cancer treatment and care by:

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  1. Improving the quality and access to cancer data for public health use
  2. Increasing the equity in access to early detection and accurate cancer diagnosis
  3. Providing timely and quality treatment for early and metastatic disease for all
  4. Providing basic supportive and palliative care services for all.

     

"We have laid the groundwork for cancer control globally, and the targets and milestones now exist prominently in the public domain. With governments committed to the 2025 targets and a clear path to action outlined in the 2017 cancer resolution, we have the opportunity to focus attention on cancer diagnosis and treatment in every country,” said President of UICC Sanchia Aranda. “Now, with a united voice, we must begin to translate these commitments into national action. UICC is committed to working with its members to build their capacity to hold governments to account, promote greater equity worldwide through sustainable health systems, and drive national impact by 2025.”

As a starting point of engagement in Treatment for All, cancer organisations are invited to raise awareness of the campaign, underlying the importance of a sustainable health systems response to cancer, with intended action and impact toward achieving our 2025 targets. A suite of materials is now available to further support these efforts and to mobilise a collective global movement that encourages urgent action toward improved cancer treatment and care.

These initial materials include:

UICC invites its membership to join a special webinar taking place on 21 February at 10:00 or 16:00 CET for an introduction to the campaign, its materials and an opportunity to brainstorm how to identify national action aligned with the Treatment for All priorities.

In addition, UICC aspires by 2020 to take members and networks in 40 low- and middle-income countries through a comprehensive, guided process with the goal of supporting them shape their own national Treatment for All campaigns.

No matter where each country stands, or which inequities each country faces, Treatment for All captures the importance of addressing all cancers, for all ages, across all geographies in order to improve patient outcomes with cost-effective, timely and quality treatment and care, and without bias.

Get involved

Contact UICC’s Advocacy team at TreatmentforAll@uicc.org to explore ways to collaborate under the banner of the Treatment for All global campaign. Begin by supporting Treatment for All through its suggested social media messages, telling us what you are doing to support cancer data collection, early detection, access to cancer treatment and care and alerting policy makers in your country to the urgency of action required to meet the commitments they have made.

Treatment for All - Howe to get involved

Visit uicc.org/TreatmentforAll for more information on the campaign.

Visit the Social Media Hub for materials to add your voice to this call to action.
 


About Treatment for All

Over the last seven years, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has united the cancer community to position cancer on the global health and development agenda, with the inclusion of cancer and non-communicable diseases in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 and culminating in the successful adoption of a cancer resolution at the World Health Assembly in 2017.

‘Treatment for All’ is the name of a new, bold and inspiring advocacy initiative run by UICC. It calls on the international cancer community to address the global equity gap in access to cancer services by getting behind four essential pillars of cancer treatment and care:

  • Quality and access to cancer data for public health use
  • Equitable access to early detection and accurate cancer diagnosis
  • Timely and quality treatment for early and metastatic disease for all
  • Basic supportive and palliative care service for all.

For more information, please visit: uicc.org/TreatmentforAll

 
Last update: 
Sunday 4 February 2018
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