Treatment for All

A bold and inspiring advocacy campaign

‘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:

  1. Improving the quality of cancer data for public health use
  2. Increasing the number of people with access to early detection and accurate cancer diagnosis
  3. Providing timely and quality treatment for early and metastatic disease for all
  4. Providing a basic supportive and palliative care service for all
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The campaign encourages UICC members to identify priorities under Treatment for All that best fit their national needs and strategies. Additionally, in the next few years, UICC aspires to engage as many as 40 low- and middle-income countries in a comprehensive, guided process of their own Treatment for All campaigns, working to improve the provision of information, availability and access to cancer services for whole-of-population progress.

How to get involved

We urge all UICC members to take action toward Treatment for All. Join the Treatment for All campaign, launched World Cancer Day 2018, by using our new social media toolkit  and graphic assets. To share what you are already doing to improve access to cancer data, early detection, treatment and care, contact TreatmentforAll@uicc.org and to learn more about what others are doing, which reflects Treatment for All, check out our existing case studies . We can't wait to hear from you.

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Please note that we cannot provide individual aid to patients or their families. If you are seeking local support, please view our Map of Members to find organisations in your area.

Relevant to all

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.

Global context

Around the world, 4.3 million people die prematurely from cancer each year. Over the last seven years, UICC has united the cancer community to position cancer on the global health and development agenda, with 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. However, as we endeavour to stimulate universal health coverage and global equity, between and within countries, to successfully meet our targets of a 25% reduction in cancer mortality by 2025 and a 33% reduction by 2030, global commitments must be translated into national action.

Cancer mortality

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.

Investing in Treatment for All

Rising health-care costs overall, and health care costs related to cancer and other NCDs, present an important challenge for national governments. Investments in cancer control are often minimal, fragmented or unbalanced across the cancer control continuum. However, there is now far greater awareness of the costs of inaction on both the economy of countries and in health terms. For instance, it has been estimated that investing just USD 11.4 billion in a set of core prevention strategies in LMICs can result in a saving of up to USD 100 billion in cancer treatment costs.

There are a growing number of examples of interventions that are both cost effective and impact national cancer incidence and mortality. Consequently, the scale up of these ‘best practice’  policies, programmes and services to reduce cancer illness and death is possible across resource settings and can deliver a significant return on investment, allowing governments to justify placing cancer control at the heart of their national health plans. 

Cost of inaction

 

Last update: 
Monday 7 May 2018
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