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Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 09:00 (UTC/GMT+1:00)

Regional series: Asia-Pacific

Cancer and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Asia-Pacific: access to cancer services for unreached communities

Tuesday 25 May, 09:00-10:30 CEST (check your timezone here)

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UICC’s regional series of Virtual Dialogues are opportunities for UICC members and the cancer community, including cancer societies, research and cancer centres, professional associations, ministries of health and patient support groups in each of the six regions to gather virtually, reflect, interact and share best practices on key topics in the region.

The regional series dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region will aim at sharing experiences and reflecting on Cancer and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the region with a spotlight on the access to cancer services for unreached communities.

According to the WHO definition, UHC implies that “all individuals and communities receive the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It includes the full spectrum of essential, quality health services, from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care across the life course”. When adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, reaching UHC was identified as one of the targets, with a current focus on the social determinants of health and equity. A lot of countries have in fact advanced towards UHC, however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the delivery of health services has seen serious disruptions.[1]

WHO in the Western Pacific region developed a vision for the next five years and identified four priorities that must be addressed to make the region the healthiest and the safest, including the priority of “reaching the unreached”. While significant improvements have been made over the last few decades, this progress remains fragile and within countries, it is the unreached communities that are most affected.[2]

Due to COVID-19, those communities have been even more disproportionately impacted and the disruption of cancer services caused by the pandemic will have a substantial effect on cancer incidence and mortality in the region.


90 minutes of Virtual Dialogue combining short presentations and interactions as follows:

  • Welcome and introduction – Julia Knudsen, Facilitator, UICC Members and Partners Development Coordinator and Prof Jeff Dunn AO, UICC President-Elect and Chief Executive Officer of Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia
  • Rapid-fire panel on “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Asia-Pacific: access to cancer services for unreached communities”:
    • UICC Japan Committee – Norie Kawahara, Ph.D.
    • Indonesian Cancer Information and Support Center Association (CISC) – Irianti Dewi
    • Te Aho o Te Kahu - Cancer Control Agency – Michelle Mako
    • Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation – Prof Andrew Vallely
    • University of Malaya, Faculty of Medicine – Prof Dr Woo Yin Ling
  • Group discussion to share questions, experiences and ideas
  • Presentation of key UICC opportunities for engagement
  • Closing remarks and key takeaways with UICC Board Member – Dr CS Pramesh, Director of Tata Memorial Hospital and Convener of the National Cancer Grid of India


Event Information

Virtual - Virtual event - online 1202 Geneve Switzerland
UICC Member
This event is under the auspices of UICC
Last update: 
Monday 2 August 2021