Kazakh capital to host October 2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR) will host the 2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit Oct. 15-17 in the capital, reported uicc.org.

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“Reducing the number of premature deaths caused by cancer requires addressing inequities in access to cancer services to achieve the universal health coverage (UHC) vision of health for all,” adds the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) website.

With cancer and UHC as the main theme, the summit seeks to focus attention on expanding access to quality cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and care. Current issues to be examined include perspectives on the relationship between strong, sustainable and ‘people centred’ health systems and the effective prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), promoting health equity to access cancer services and setting priorities as part of the progressive UHC realisation.

Other topics to be discussed are the availability of essential medicines and technologies; Big Data, advanced analytics and personalised cancer care; investing in the health system and communicating effectively in culturally diverse settings.

“We are delighted to have the Summit in our country”, said the Director General of KazIOR Dilyara Kaidarova during a meeting with a UICC team in Nur-Sultan last July. “I am looking forward to solution-oriented discussions that will help guide the fight against cancer in Kazakhstan and in many countries around the world.”

Approximately 350 global influencers and leaders in cancer control and public health from across governments, UN agencies, academia, non-profit organisations and private sectors will consider the ways in which cancer detection, treatment and care contribute to achieving UHC.

“The agenda is demanding and inspiring”, explained Jessica Mathieu, Head of Congress and Events at UICC. “We want to provide participants with fresh perspectives and new insights and at the same time harness their collective intelligence. Feedback about past summits has always been very positive.”

The list of forum speakers includes Princess of Jordan and President of the Union for International Cancer Control Dina Mired, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov , World Health Organisation Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases Assistant Director General Ren Minghui, International Agency for Research on Cancer Director Elisabete Weiderpass, International Atomic Energy Agency Acting Director General Cornel Feruta, Cancer Research UK CEO Michelle Mitchell and Kazakh National Bank Governor Erbolat Dossaev.

The summit is open to UICC full members, partners and select leaders from global health and cancer communities. Attendance is by invitation only, with no entrance fees.