This year’s theme of World Health Day is on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and signifies the growing global movement to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. As cancer is now the second leading cause of death globally, addressing the needs of people with cancer is essential to achieving UHC.
While cancer can affect anyone across the life course, access to treatment and care is not available to everyone.
In many countries around the world, accessing treatment and care for cancer - including many cancers that can be prevented or are amenable to early detection and treatment interventions- have pushed many cancer patients and their families to near bankruptcy and impoverishment. No-one should be impoverished by accessing cancer treatment and care services, nor denied access to potentially life-saving cancer prevention services.
The challenge before governments around the world is how to ensure access to cancer treatment and care for those who need it without resulting in catastrophic health expenditure that can push people into poverty.
This is not an insurmountable challenge. In February this year, UICC launched its ‘Treatment for All’ Campaign that calls on the international cancer community to address the global equity gap in cancer services.
Join the Treatment for All campaign 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.