Young Leaders responding to COVID-19

Our Young Leaders include frontline workers and cancer advocates who are at the forefront of protecting and supporting cancer patients during this uncertain time. 

We are sharing links to their experiences and publications below so that their advice and expertise may support others facing similiar challenges.

Adapting policies and services

During these uncertain times, leaders need to be able to respond quickly and adapt their usual ways of working to ensure that they can continue to provide essential services and protect the most vulnerable people in society.

Despite focussing on very different situations, the articles below highlight the need to be innovative and adaptable in response to the pandemic

Afrocentric solutions to beat COVID-19

Homeless people stay at the Caledonian stadium downtown Pretoria, South Africa, April 2, 2020, after being rounded up by police in an effort to enforce a 21-day lockdown to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Kingsley Ndoh focusses on the need for solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic to be adapted appropriately for the response in Africa.

Civil society's role amidst the COVID-19 crisis

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Murallitharan descirbes the actions taken as a civil society organisation to support cancer patients and health workers during the pandemic.

Digital entrepreneurs innovating during COVID-19

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Omolola shares how she has digitally transformed her organsiation and expanded teleconsulting services for cancer patients in LMICs.

Spotlight on clinical cancer care during COVID-19

Many of our Young Leaders working as health care professionals are currently witnessing the effect of this pandemic on their cancer patients. In the articles below, two oncologists, Omolola based in Nigeria and Felipe based in Brazil, share their experiences and provide advice on how hospitals need to adapt their services in order to protect vulnerable cancer patients from COVID-19 while also ensuring that they can safely access the care and treatment that they need.

The impact of COVID-19 on cervical cancer prevention
Providing safe environments for cancer patients in Brazil

How are you responding to COVID-19?

“We are doing everything we can, offering a maximum of counselling services and physical training programmes remotely, even pet therapy! They may not have the same level of effectiveness but they can still help reduce stress and the sense of solitude, and ward off fear and depression.”

Ishtar Espejo Castella, Director

"The good thing is that we, the nurses, are conscious of the severity of this pandemic and are doing our very best to see that we remain safe by using the available PPE and regular hand washing to ensure we can take care of the people we receive, especially during this critical moment.”

Florence Manjuh, Registered Nurse and Supervisor of the Women's Health Programme

Research and Advocacy

Click on the links below to read about the research and advocacy work being carried out by UICC Young Leaders and Young Leader Alumni regarding COVID-19 and cancer.

Ahmed Hefnawy: The effect of COVID-19 on reproductive health outcomes in LMICs
Afsan Bhadelia: Palliative care in response to the COVID-19 tsunami of suffering
Omolola Salako: Disruptions to cancer care in Nigeria during the COVID-19 outbreak
Paul Ebusu: Advocating to protect cancer patients in Uganda during COVID-19
Supriya Chopra: Radiotherapy for gynecologic malignancies during COVID-19
Brachytherapy issues and priorities in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak
Last update: 
Monday 10 August 2020