10 June 2011

Call to make cancer a national priority

The Voice of Cancer National Call to Action has been launched to make cancer and the challenges faced by those affected by the disease a priority in South Africa.

In an urgent effort to address the growing burden of cancer in South Africa, the Voice of Cancer National Call to Action was launched on 8 June 2011.

Four priority actions were agreed upon throughout the Forum.  Delegates supported these as the National Call to Action which will shape civil society’s and stakeholders roadmap to make cancer and the challenges faced by those affected by the disease a priority in South Africa.

  • Collaborative efforts be devised by all stakeholders to ensure that cancer patient rights and dignities are protected and that through the establishment of a National Cancer Advisory Council, stakeholders and civil society represent cancer patient’s needs, as defined in the Health Act; 
  • Strategies to ensure a national cancer registry and national cancer control plan, investment, funding and focus on delivery are developed and implemented;
  • Investments in public health infrastructure, training and education, and;
  • De-stigmatise cancer with evidence-based and culturally-relevant information that ensures the elimination of discrimination of cancer patients in their workplace and communities. 


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