CIS Anticancer association is founded
On September 6 2012, in Astana (the Republic of Kazakhstan) at the VII congress of oncologists and radiologists of CIS, leading public anti-cancer organizations of the Commonwealth of Independent States united in the Anticancer association of CIS. The association was joined by national public organizations of cancer patients of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
They met at the round table on "The role of civil society in improving the accessibility and quality of cancer treatment", which became possible thanks to the support of Association of Oncologists of CIS countries, non-profit partnership "Equal Right to Life", the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
At the meeting it was stated that in the CIS countries activities are carried out aimed at improving the cancer situation. However, despite all the measures substantial reduction in mortality due to the most common types of cancer in the CIS countries is not yet achieved. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Russia and Ukraine are among the three world leaders in cancer deaths per 100 thousand of population. In many CIS high incidence and mortality rates are associated with poor access to cancer diagnosis and imperfect systems of statistical recording and analysis of epidemiological data.
However, international experience shows that even with varying financial resources countries have the potential for significant improvements in the treatment of cancer patients. The present situation with cancer patients in the CIS countries requires drastic measures that have to improve cancer care and be able to increase citizens’ access to high-tech medical care, modern methods of diagnosis and treatment. Bringing together leading public cancer organizations can give a strong impetus for improving the cancer control situation in our countries.
At the meeting in Astana the foundation of Anticancer Association of CIS was announced, which includes non-profit, public and professional medical organizations of the CIS. Russia is represented in the Association by non-profit partnership "Equal Right to Life". In addition, the Association members signed the Declaration of the Association and adopted an appeal to the state leaders proposing specific measures to improve the situation of cancer patients.
“The problem of cancer is relevant to the whole world. And such international cooperation as this one is important for efficient work on the development and implementation of modern principles of rational organization of specialized medical care. The main purposes of the cooperation are to ensure the availability of early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of cancer. The main human purpose is the improvement of the quality of life and cure of patients,” said Mikhail Lichinitser, academician of RAS, professor, doctor of medical sciences, Deputy Director for Science at N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center.
“In the post-Soviet countries the availability of effective treatment is limited by medical, administrative, financial and information barriers. This meeting is unique in that the representatives of public organizations of the CIS countries met for the first time to build a constructive dialogue and develop specific measures to improve cancer situation,” said Dmitry Borisov, cand. boil. sci., executive director of the non-profit partnership “Equal Right to Life”, chairman of the Public Council for the protection of patients' rights at Roszdravnadzor Administration in Moscow and Moscow Region. “We understand very well how to work together and what we need to do in the near future to increase the access to cancer treatment. It is important that positions of public organizations are fully supported by the medical community and are fully consistent with international principles of solutions to these problems, as reflected in the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which was signed in September 2011 and strategic plans of the WHO”.
“The role of non-governmental organizations is very important and we see examples of effective co-operation, which made it possible to significantly improve access to cancer care in countries with low levels of economic development in South America and Africa,” said Julie Gralow, oncologist, professor at University of Washington, Director of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, member of Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries. “We also believe that international cooperation and joint work of experts are also important to achieve results. In this regard, on behalf of an international group of experts established at the Harvard Medical University, we are ready to make our contribution to the common cause of improving the efficiency of cancer control in the CIS countries”.