APCA joins the international community in deliberating on interventions in the fight against cancer and other Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
MONTREAL - Palliative care, pain control and relief from suffering were some of the topics highlighted at this year's World Cancer Congress in Montreal, Canada. The Congress, hosted by the Union of International Cancer Control (UICC), convened from the 27th to 30th August.
Developed countries were encouraged to support low resource countries in developing national capacity for evidence based decisions on the control of cancer and other NCDs. Another key issue raised was the inadequacy of treatment and technologies in low resource contexts, which often have a dire limitation in their capacity to provide oncology services, including radiotherapy treatment.
To share advocacy experiences and tactics being used to influence national action plans on NCDs such as cancer, beneficiaries from the American Cancer Society's "Meet the Targets" project * convened from nine countries, including: Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. Discussion points included the use of the palliative care integrated approach, the identification and motivation of palliative care champions - including members of the media, and public awareness as being critical for effective advocacy.
Partnership as a means to address the "cancer problem"
Dr Jon Andrus of the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) called upon delegates to engage in interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, and multi-sectoral partnerships for the effective control of the cancer problem, which is multifaceted in nature. These partnerships might include:
Being a pan-African association spearheading advocacy for palliative care, we look forward to bringing back lessons on innovative approaches to our partners in Africa. As we establish strategic partnerships, may we accelerate policy processes that would indeed save more lives at the global and national levels.
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* Countries represented at the Congress from the Meet the Targets project included: Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Jordan, Barbados, Philippines, India, and Brazil.