The unique events of this year have forced some tough decisions and following the announcement that the World Cancer Congress scheduled for March 2021 has been called off, the UICC Awards will also not be taking place as planned. Yet these times of crisis and challenge have also demonstrated remarkable responses from the international cancer community. To recognise the extraordinary efforts and the work of UICC members, awards in two categories – Best CEO and Best World Cancer Day Spirit – will be given and UICC is therefore maintaining its call for nominations.
Nominations for both award categories are currently open and will close on 31st August 2020. Winners of the Best CEO and Best World Cancer Day Spirit Awards will be honoured at a special edition of the Virtual Dialogues this November. Read more.
A Melbourne Law School Webinar co-hosted by Health Law & Ethics Network and McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer - Thursday, 16 July 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (AEST). See the Flyer for more information.
Funded by Michael R. Bloomberg through his foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and managed by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease and the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use is a global initiative to reduce tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries. Applications are accepted until Monday, 3 August - read the Terms of Reference for more information.
The official UICC animated explainer video is now available in different languages for your convenience. Have a look and share it with your network!
Survey – “Mapping EU Member States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancer”
The European Cancer Patient Coalition (ECPC) recently launched the "Mapping EU Member States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and cancer" survey that aims at mapping how countries are supporting cancer patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Complete this 15-minute survey to describe how the pandemic has affected the lives of cancer patients and cancer survivors in your country. The survey was translated into all EU languages. By clicking here, you will go directly to the survey where you can select your preferred language at the top right corner of your screen.
Your information and views are crucial towards finding potential solutions during unprecedented times, such as the current pandemic. The collected data will help ECPC to see how disrupted healthcare correlates with deteriorated treatment outcomes in the coming year.
From 25 to 31 May this year, the Portuguese League Against Cancer organised a range of different activities, including webinars and a virtual fundraising event, to celebrate the European Week Against Cancer. Read the Final Report for more information.
In order to highlight the work that civil society organisations are doing on the ground, and the value-added that they bring to the global response to the pandemic, the United Nations (UN) want to invite you to share your stories with them.
Whatever the area of work of your organisation, the UN believe that our common purpose will lift us during this difficult time, and that we can learn from and build on each other’s efforts.
If your organisation has been active in identifying or meeting the needs arising from COVID-19 in your community, please follow this link and share your experiences, photos and videos so your learnings can be highlighted.
We proudly welcome the following organisations as new members of UICC:
In the past 20 years, the Asociación de Trasplantados del Uruguay (ATUR) has been working for patient advocacy and empowerment in Uruguay. Together with different actors of the Uruguayan healthcare system and as an active member of the National Donation and Transplant Institute’s Advisory Council, ATUR has brought a considerable number of patient projects on their way.
The Association collaborates actively with other patient organisations on advocacy workshops and is a founding member of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Patient Organisations (2017). More recently, ATUR has also focused some of their work on cancer patients and their families, given that there are no clear in-country guidelines concerning cancer in general.
Going forward, the Association will be focusing on public policies, clear patient navigation and the empowerment of patients and patient groups.
The Retorno Vital Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Colombia. For 14 years, the Foundation has been working for the representation, accompaniment, education and support of patients with chronic and high-cost pathologies at the national level, addressing different actors of the Colombian healthcare system; to demonstrate the violation of the rights to health and the need for the integration and quality of the General Social Security System.
Retorno Vital believes it to be necessary to give visibility to the problems and risk situations in terms of therapeutic adherence and patients’ self-care through advocacy efforts with data drawn from the interaction with patients. The Foundation strengthens the mechanisms of citizens’ participation, effective oversight and social control, and representation of vulnerable populations, for the guarantee of the right to health without legal action. Retorno Vital focuses on closing gaps between the different actors in the system and providing bridges for constructive dialogue.