National activation

The national activation of Treatment for All is a capacity building initiative that provides support to UICC members in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to work collaboratively with governments and raise the profile of cancer through effective advocacy.

About national activation

National Activation of the global UICC Treatment for All advocacy campaign is specifically focused on working with and supporting UICC members, partners and its network to mobilise and equip civil society at national level with the skills to identify advocacy priorities. In line with Treatment for All, we will work meaningfully across civil society and with government to translate global cancer commitments into effective national action.

By focusing our attention on LMICs, we have the opportunity to create long-term, sustainable solutions in those parts of the world where we anticipate the greatest burden and to contribute meaningfully to the delivery of the NCD and SDG global targets to reduce premature deaths caused by cancer and the other NCDs, as well as on the commitments agreed in the cancer resolution.

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

Our vision is that, in 2025, when the United Nations measures progress against NCD targets agreed by Member States as part of the 2011 Declaration on NCDs, the cancer community will be proud to report that their collective action has not only helped prioritise cancer control and shape adequate national policies, but also laid a solid foundation for sustainable growth, in line with the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

20 Country Champions

In 2018, three Country Champions, Indonesian Cancer Foundation, Indonesia; Salvati A.C., Mexico and Uganda Cancer Society, Uganda, joined Treatment for All in a collective effort to reduce the cancer burden in their countries and improve patient outcomes. The following video captures civil society commitment to raise the profile of cancer in Mexico using the Treatment for All campaign and reduce inequities in access to cancer services.

On World Cancer Day 2019, UICC announced another 17 civil society organisations joining Treatment for All as Country Champions:

  • Asociación Guatemalteca Héroes de Esperanza, Guatemala
  • Asociación Salvadoreña para la Prevención del Cáncer, El Salvador
  • Asociación Tour Rosa de Costa Rica, Costa Rica
  • Borka for Each New Day, Macedonia
  • Cancer Association of Namibia, Namibia
  • Cancer Warriors Foundation, Philippines
  • Esperantra, Peru
  • Fondation KIMI, Burkina Faso
  • Kenyan Network of Cancer Organisations, Kenya
  • Kurdistan Save the Children, Iraq
  • Ligue Sénégalaise Contre le Cancer, Senegal
  • National Cancer Council of Mongolia, Mongolia
  • NGO Avesto, Tajikistan
  • Nigerian Cancer Society, Nigeria
  • Samoa Cancer Society, Samoa
  • Tata Memorial Hospital, India
  • Women Coalition Against Cancer, Malawi.

As part of the national activation of Treatment for All, Country Champions receive guidance and targeted, technical support to enable them to unite with national-level civil society in their countries, jointly identify key advocacy priorities in line with the global Treatment for All advocacy campaign, and work collaboratively with government towards addressing inequities in their contexts and countries. 

Over 100 organisations from more than 50 countries expressed an interest, following a call for applications launched at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in October 2018. The 17 Country Champions were selected based on their preparedness to take national action and engage meaningfully with various stakeholders in the implementation of a national Treatment for All advocacy campaign.

A Treatment for All practical guide has become available to all UICC members to support them to engage with other civil society organisations and their governments. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the key skills and knowledge required in the fields of advocacy, coalition building, monitoring and evaluation and fundraising.

Mentor organisations

At the 2018 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit held on 1st October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, UICC launched a call for expressions of interest to become a ‘Treatment for All’ Country Champion or Mentor. Through national activation of ‘Treatment for All’, UICC members can play an active role in advocating for national implementation of global cancer commitments. The call for Country Champions closed Friday, 30 November, but the call for Mentors remains open.

We would like to thank our Mentor organisations:

  • American Cancer Society, USA
  • Breast Cancer Network Australia, Australia
  • Cancer Association of South Africa, South Africa
  • Cancer Council Australia, Australia
  • Femama, Brazil
  • George Washington Cancer Center, USA
  • Innovating Health International, USA
  • Instituto Desiderata, Brazil
  • King Hussein Cancer Foundation, Jordan
  • Krebsallianz gGmbh, Germany
  • McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, Australia
  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network, USA
  • Susan G. Komen, USA
  • The Resource and Policy Exchange, USA.

Engage online


For insights into their experiences so far and the value of the campaign from the perspective of their national context, please take a look at the UICC blog for recent articles from Adela Ayensa Alonso, General Director of Salvati A.C,  Paul Ebusu, Executive Director of Uganda Cancer Society, and Professor Aru Sudoyo, Chair of Indonesian Cancer Foundation

In the news

Treatment for All focal points representing civil society organisations from Indonesia, Mexico and Uganda joined UICC staff in Geneva, Switzerland for shared learning and shared representation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) as part of joint preliminary efforts to translate global commitments into national action. Read more about it here.

On May 29th, 2018, more than 300 medical personnel showed up to the Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan in a flash mob calling for Treatment for All. Read more here.

In 2019, 17 more Country Champions joined the national activation of Treatment for All. Read more here.

Social media

All members and the extended cancer community are encouraged to get involved and support the campaign efforts through use of the social media toolkit and by contacting us to share their related activities.

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Last update: 
Wednesday 10 July 2019