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Title: Policy and technical topics: Prevention and control of cancer – way forward - SEA/RC68/15
Authors: World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia
Issue Date: 23-Jul-2015
Publisher: WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Place of publication: New Delhi
Language: English
Description: Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and premature mortality, worldwide, and in the South-East Asia Region (SEA). At the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly in 2013, WHO Member States committed to a 25% relative reduction by 2025 in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCD), including cancer. This target cannot be achieved without a substantial reduction in cancer mortality. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the WHO Regional Office in New Delhi from 29 June to 2 July 2015 reviewed the attached working paper and made the following recommendations: Actions by Member States (1) Develop and implement comprehensive national cancer control plans containing a range of prioritized interventions at different levels of health-care delivery systems. (2) Strengthen health promotion, prevention of risk factors, immunization, early detection, advanced diagnosis and treatment and palliative care services. (3) Consider appropriate techniques for prevention and early detection of common cancers including cervical, breast and oral cancer based on the country-specific epidemiological situation as well as programmatic and economic feasibility. (4) Strengthen surveillance, monitoring and operations research for cancer prevention and control. (5) Allocate sufficient funds for cancer prevention and control including through innovative financing such as taxation on tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy products. Actions by WHO (1) Support Member States in setting priorities for cancer prevention and control and developing and implementing comprehensive cancer control plans. (2) Provide technical support to Member States in establishing population-based cancer registries and conducting operations research for prevention and control of cancer. (3) Support Member States in building capacity of different categories of health workforce in delivering cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and palliative care services. (4) Advocate for and mobilize regional/international cooperation for making cost-effective cancer technologies, therapeutics and vaccines for prevention and treatment more affordable and accessible to populations. The working paper and HLP recommendations are submitted to the Sixty-eighth Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
Gov't Doc #: SEA/RC68/15
Appears in Collections:Regional Committee Meeting 68 Dili, Timor-Leste, 07-11 September 2015

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