UICC Newsletter October 2020

UICC Newsletter October 2020

UICC members welcome the new President and Board of Directors for 2020-2022



At UICC’s 2020 General Assembly HRH Princess Dina Mired passed on the presidency to Professor Anil D’Cruz and full members elected the 2020-2022 Board of Directors, including the new President-Elect, Professor Jeff Dunn AO from Australia.

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The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World: a smokescreen organisation funded by the tobacco industry

As the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World increases its outreach to UICC members, it is important to emphasise that this organisation is funded by the tobacco industry and employs similar marketing tactics. Read more


The unacceptable equity gap in the availability of essential medicines for palliative care

A large majority of the world population cannot access medication essential to palliative care due to multifaceted and systemic barriers. This is a question of human dignity and a problem that has only intensified during the pandemic. Read more


Take Action


Watch: The new World Cancer Day video

The final year of the three-year ’I Am and I Will’ campaign is a powerful reminder that now more than ever, together all of our actions matter. Watch now

WHO officially launches the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer

This historic event will take place virtually on 17th November and WHO invites cancer organisations to join with an activity to build momentum. UICC will be present and members can share their plans with UICC or directly with WHO. Read more

City Cancer Challenge Foundation (C/Can) launches new call for applications

The City Cancer Challenge Foundation has opened a new call for applications to join its global network, which supports cities around the world to improve access to equitable, quality cancer care. Interested cities need to register by 1st December. Read more


Virtual Dialogues

Cancer beyond COVID-19 : A series of virtual workshops exploring the transformed healthcare landscape

Join UICC for an exclusive series of virtual workshops exploring the transformed healthcare landscape and discussing implications and opportunities for cancer control. Starting 3rd November with Reimagining cancer screening and diagnosisRead more



Members' Corner

This month, the Members' Corner comes with a new section spotlighting awareness days and months.
October is pink! Find out what UICC members did for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and browse new resources and training opportunities. Read more

Finalists for the 2020 UICC awards announced

A number of UICC member organisations and leaders have been shortlisted for the CEO and World Cancer Day Spirit Awards. The winners will be announced in November. Read more



Arabic translation of the Cancer Atlas unveiled at UICC General Assembly

Outgoing President, HRH Princess Dina Mired presented the Arabic translation of the third edition of The Cancer Atlas, which was produced by Friends Of Cancer Patients, a UAE based society and UICC member organisation. Read more

Assisting countries to implement National Cancer Control Plans

A new online learning programme sees global cancer control experts assist eight countries, in collaboration with their Ministries of Health, in implementing their national cancer control plans. Read more


Upcoming events

UICC members are invited to attend (i) The Economist’s World Cancer Series: Europe Virtual Week taking place 9th-13th November 2020 (register here) and (ii) The Economist’s Future of Healthcare Week Asia taking place 16th-18th November 2020 (register here). Speakers include UICC’s President Anil D’Cruz, and many more.

World Cancer Congress 2022: A hybrid event in Geneva

UICC is planning a combination of virtual elements and on-site events in Geneva, where UICC and many health and international organisations are headquartered, allowing more flexibility at a time of uncertainty due to COVID-19. Read more



A call for greater equity to reverse the rising trend of breast cancer mortality

As a physician and patient advocate, as well as a cancer patient herself, Dara Richardson-Heron of Pfizer has been on the front lines of breast cancer control and writes about trying to prevent it, control it and contain it.
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Fighting the tobacco epidemic: a new era under the leadership of Adriana Blanco Marquizo

Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo, who took office as the Head of the Convention Secretariat in March 2020, explains how she envisions the next WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control strategy to fight the tobacco epidemic globally.
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