CAN’s Rolf headed to leader’s summit

10 October 2019 | Social Issues

The Cancer Association of Namibia’s Chief Executive Rolf Hansen soon departs for the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit taking place in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from 15 to 17 October 2019.
Following CAN’s expression of interest in the Union for International Cancer Control’s (UICC) “Treatment for All” initiative, a subsequent interview was conducted with Hansen, and the CAN was selected by the UICC as a 2019 Global Cancer Country Champion.
The Treatment for All programme aims to build capacity amongst global healthcare workers, policy makers and NGO’s focused on cancer prevention and care.
Another key area of discussion is Universal Health Coverage and how cancer care is impacted by this global movement.
From the more than 100 global cancer organisations shortlisted and interviewed, CAN joins 16 other successful organisations from every region of the world as a 2019 champion, committed to engaging with governments to call for improved, equitable access to cancer services, focused on four key pillars, namely data, early detection, treatment, and supportive and palliative care.
Through a toolkit and online course, the various champion organisations have worked together since March to build an effective national Treatment for All Advocacy Campaign to be submitted ahead of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit.
This document will then be available to other organisations and health ministry teams globally to use as a toolkit to strengthen their own health systems.
Based on the needs identified by the participating nations and organisations, further support to help improve skills particularly in the areas of advocacy, coalition building, communications, fundraising, and monitoring and evaluation will be further provided to the current and future organisations taking part in this programme.
With regards to this accolade for Namibia and CAN, Hansen said: “I am both humbled and overjoyed that the global community sees our concerted efforts and that through this learning experience, we can plough back into our own community to help our people.”
On the invitation by the UICC, Hansen’s entire trip is paid for by the international organisation. CAN thanks the UICC and donor agents for this generous invitation and support extended.
The Cancer Association of Namibia can be contacted at 061 237 740 or [email protected] or www.can.org.na for more information on the various support services offered.

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