2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit Preliminary Agenda

Venue: Astana Congress Center

Theme: “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage”

Reducing the number of premature deaths caused by cancer requires addressing inequities in access to cancer services to achieve the UHC vision of health for all. With “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage” as a topic, the 2019 edition of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit aims to focus attention on expanding access to quality preventive, early detection, treatment and care for cancer. Current issues examined during the day include perspectives on the relationship between strong, sustainable and ‘people centred’ health systems and the effective prevention and control of NCDs, promoting health equity in access to cancer services, and priority setting as part of the progressive realization of UHC.

15 October – Summit Gala Dinner

19:00 – 21:00

Summit Gala Dinner
Including Award ceremony for an Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control

16 October – Summit preliminary programme

09:00 – 09:30

Master of Ceremony - TBA
Welcome and Keynote addresses

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • High-level representative, Kazakhstan - TBA
  • Mr Yukyia Amano, DG of IAEA - TBC
  • Dr Ren Minghui, Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Dr Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

09:30 – 09:45

Keynote presentation – ‘Investing in the health system: how does this improve cancer outcomes?’

  • Mr Robert Yates, Head of UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

09:50 – 10:10

Interviews and discussion panels conducted by Charles Goddard, The Economist
Interview - Providing sustainable coverage of cancer services: A perspective from the UK

  • Ms Michelle Mitchell, CEO, Cancer Research UK

10:10 – 10:40

Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:05

Presentation/talk ‘Defining the essential UHC package’

  • Perspective from Sri Lanka: Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, M.P., Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine
  • Perspective from Rwanda: Dr: Diane Gashumba, Minister of HealthTBC
  • Perspective from Georgia: Dr. Davit Sergeenko, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs – TBC

11:10 – 11:35

Interview - Funding UHC: A finance's perspective

  • Head of the National Bank, Kazakhstan – TBC

11:40 – 11:55

Keynote presentation

  • Dr Karen Canfell, Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia
12:00- 12:30 Interactive session with the audience
12:30 – 13:50 Lunch

13:50 – 14:35

Discussion panel: Multi sectoral perspectives on ‘Access creates Progress’

  • Dr Bente Mikkelson, Director, Director of the Division of NCDs and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, WHO/EURO
  • Ms Carmen Auste, CEO, Cancer Warriors Foundation, Philippines
  • Mr Jeffrey Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin
  • Ms Francesca Colombo, Head of Health Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Representative from American Cancer Society (ACS) TBC

14:35 – 14:50

“Shaker session”: move to another table to introduce yourself and share two points of view / take home messages from the day. Feedback from the audience.

14:50 – 15:50 Discussion panel - Is cancer treatment to expensive for UHC?
  • Els Torreele, Executive Director, Access campaign, Doctors Without Borders, Médecins sans Frontières (MSF)
  • Charles Gore / Esteban Burrone (Medicines Patent Pool)
  • Dr Arnie Purushotham, Medical Director of Tata Trusts Cancer Programme, Director of King's Health Partners Comprehensive Cancer Centre - TBC
  • Representative from pharma industry - TBC
  • Representative from technology industry - TBC
15:50 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 16:40 Interactive session with the audience - how do we make cancer treatment affordable?
16:40 – 17:00 Closing addresses and Call to action
Call to Action
Closing address
Last update: 
Tuesday 18 June 2019