World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019

Nur-Sultan's skyline - where the 2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit takes place

World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019 - Cancer and Universal Health Coverage
15-17 October, Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan

The World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019 was hosted by the Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR) from Tuesday 15 to Thursday 17 October in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

350 global influencers and leaders in cancer control and public health from 82 countries and from across governments, UN agencies, academia, non-profit organisations and private sectors considered the ways in which cancer detection, treatment and care contribute to the achievement of Universal Health Coverage.

The event was open to UICC full members, partners and select leaders from the global health and cancer communities, by invitation only and without registration fees. We are pleased to share the full gallery of photos of the event.

Cancer and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)
Reducing the number of premature deaths caused by cancer requires addressing inequities in access to cancer services to achieve the UHC vision of "Health for All". With “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage” as a topic, the 2019 edition of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit aimed to focus attention on expanding access to quality preventive, early detection, treatment and care for cancer. Issues examined included perspectives on the relationship between strong, sustainable and ‘people centred’ health systems and the effective prevention and control of NCDs, promoting health equity in access to cancer services, and priority setting as part of the progressive realization of UHC.

World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019 report


Download the final World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2019 report


Call to Action

Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, read out a call to action at the conclusion of the main summit day. 


Read it in full by clicking the link below.

Welcome address 
By H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President of UICC

Keynote presentation: "Ensuring UHC reforms prioritise cancer services"
By Robert Yates, Head of UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

Discussion panel: Multi sectoral perspectives on ‘Access creates Progress’
Moderated by Charles Goddard, The Economist

Discussion panel: Making the case for cancer treatment and UHC
Moderated by Charles Goddard, The Economist

Keynote presentation: "Towards cervical cancer elimination: The central role of UHC"
Karen Canfell, Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia

Planning and costing cancer control interventions: a health economics perspective
Filip Meheus, Health Economist, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Robert Yates, Head of UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

Ahmedin Jemal, Scientific Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services Research, American Cancer Society (ACS)

Filip Meheus, Health Economist, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Exploring the effective use of law to achieve Universal Health Coverage

Regional approaches: Universal Health Coverage and Cancer

Big data, advanced analytics and personalised cancer care 

 Making the national investment case for cervical cancer elimination

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Last update

Thursday 08 December 2022

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