Greetings from the Chair of the Membership Committee

From Dr Benjamin O. Anderson, member of the UICC Board of Directors and new Chair of the Membership Committee.

On behalf of the UICC Membership Committee, let me wish all UICC member organisations, now over 770 in 155 countr

On behalf of the UICC Membership Committee, let me wish all UICC member organisations, now over 770 in 155 countries around the world, a fruitful and peaceful year’s end.

As the new Chair of the UICC Membership Committee, I am honoured to introduce the fifth issue of this year’s Member Newsletter, highlighting the major milestones of 2012. In previous issues we shared stories of this year’s successes in growing membership, showcasing outstanding UICC global events including the World Cancer Congress, the World Cancer Leader’s Summit (WCLS) and the Global Roundtable Series. 2012 was an historic year for global advocacy in cancer control. We are pleased to share with you the 25 key indicators and 9 targets that were adopted for the Global Monitoring Framework for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), signed off in November. 

For 2013, UICC will continue to collaborate with members and partners to guarantee that the needs of the cancer community are heard and understood. Together we speak with a strong voice at the key global meetings and consultation processes where critical policy decisions are made. We pledge to work with you to ensure that WHO’s new Global Action Plan for Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represents the needs of cancer patients, especially in addressing the expanding cancer epidemic in low- and middle-income countries. 

Next year, the WCLS will take place in Cape Town, South Africa, with the ambition of creating yet more engagement from partners and decision makers. We look forward to meeting some of you there, discussing your central concerns, and learning how UICC can better help advance the cancer agendas in your countries.

Training and education is a critical resource for improving healthcare outcomes. UICC’s global programmes will grow next year as fellowships around the globe will continue to be allocated as a resource for sharing and expanding cancer control expertise into global regions of greatest need.

We encourage all UICC members to kick start the year by celebrating World Cancer Day on 4th February, to raise awareness and dispel the myths and misconceptions surrounding cancer in their countries. Building on last year’s successes, this year’s World Cancer Day campaign was designed by members for members, to break the silence that cancer affects countries at all economic levels, and that change is possible, realistic and affordable.

This year’s achievements will contribute to UICC’s mission to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations. The UICC team and member organisations are working hand-in-hand to achieve key objectives that our membership has defined. By working more closely with you, our members, we can deliver the necessary messages to international leadership and provide the tools that will make today’s dreams a future reality.

As Chair of the Membership Committee, my top priority is to add value to your UICC membership. The Membership Committee wants to better serve you by responding to your interests, goals and aspirations. We invite you to share with us how UICC membership benefits you most. In coming months, UICC will survey member organisations to better understand how we can best meet our members’ wishes and requirements. UICC is not only intent on bringing new members in, but also in making sure that existing members get the most out of being a part of UICC. 

Dr Benjamin O. Anderson

Dr Anderson is Professor of Surgery and Global Health Medicine at the University of Washington, Director of the Breast Health Clinic at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), and Chair and Director of the Breast Health Global Initiative at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, USA.