South-East Asia coun­tries to pri­or­i­tize can­cer preven­tion, con­trol

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New Delhi/Dili, 12 Septem­ber 2015: Con­cerned at the 1.1 mil­lion deaths and 1.7 mil­lion new can­cer cases ev­ery year in the WHO South-East Asia Re­gion, Health Min­is­ters of the 11 mem­ber coun­tries re­solved to strengthen can­cer preven­tion and con­trol pro­grammes.

“We need to en­sure com­pre­hen­sive can­cer ser­vices to the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing pro­mo­tion, preven­tion of mod­i­fi­able risk fac­tors, early de­tec­tion and treat­ment, and the avail­abil­ity of af­ford­able di­ag­nos­tics, med­i­cal prod­ucts and pal­lia­tive care,” Dr Poonam Khetra­pal Singh, Re­gional Di­rec­tor WHO South-East Asia Re­gion, said at the WHO Re­gional Com­mit­tee meet­ing dur­ing the adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion on can­cer preven­tion and con­trol.

Many can­cers are pre­ventable, can be de­tected early and treated to im­prove sur­vival rates and the qual­ity of life of the af­fected per­sons.

The res­o­lu­tion called for im­ple­ment­ing mul­ti­sec­toral ac­tions for pri­mary preven­tion of can­cer risk fac­tors, in par­tic­u­lar to­bacco, al­co­hol, un­healthy diet, phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity, in­fec­tions caus­ing can­cers, be­hav­ioral risk fac­tors, ex­po­sure to en­vi­ron­men­tal risk fac­tors; in­creas­ing public aware­ness to re­duce mod­i­fi­able risk fac­tors and strength­en­ing com­mu­nity based in­ter­ven­tions.

The five-day WHO Re­gional Com­mit­tee meet­ing, which ended on 11 Septem­ber, adopted five more res­o­lu­tions on pri­or­ity ar­eas - to­bacco con­trol, strength­en­ing pre­pared­ness to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and out­breaks, anti-mi­cro­bial re­sis­tance, strength­en­ing com­mu­nity based health ser­vices and im­prov­ing pa­tient safety for sus­tain­able Uni­ver­sal Health Cov­er­age (UHC).

The res­o­lu­tion on emer­gency pre­pared­ness called for im­ple­men­ta­tion of health goals and tar­gets of the Sendai Frame­work for Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion (20152030) and the In­ter­na­tional Health Reg­u­la­tion (2005) through mul­ti­sec­toral, multi-stake­hold­ers and all-of so­ci­ety en­gage­ment and part­ner­ship

The mem­ber coun­tries re­solved to in­clude an­timi­cro­bial re­sis­tance as one of the top pri­or­i­ties of their na­tional health agen­das, and de­velop and im­ple­ment mul­ti­sec­toral na­tional ac­tion plans to ad­dress the prob­lem.

The res­o­lu­tion on pa­tient safety en­dorsed the Re­gional Strat­egy on Pa­tient Safety which calls for en­gag­ing all stake­hold­ers in build­ing safer health care fa­cil­i­ties, cre­at­ing and sus­tain­ing a cul­ture of safety at all level of health care; en­hanc­ing aware­ness and en­gag­ing pa­tients and com­mu­ni­ties in the process of im­proved pa­tient safety, in strength­en­ing health sys­tems and sup­port­ing UHC.

The coun­tries re­solved to strengthen health work­ers’ ca­pac­i­ties through con­tin­ued train­ing, ad­e­quate su­per­vi­sion and sup­port and re­ten­tion in places they are most needed, di­ver­si­fy­ing their ca­pac­i­ties to re­spond to the chang­ing health needs of the com­mu­ni­ties, ad­dress­ing so­cial de­ter­mi­nants of health, in par­tic­u­lar aware­ness and de­tec­tion of NCD, care for el­derly and per­sons with dis­abil­ity in the com­mu­ni­ties, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and pal­lia­tive care, dis­ease sur­veil­lance and ca­pac­i­ties to re­spond to emer­gen­cies and dis­as­ters.

The Dili Dec­la­ra­tion adopted by all coun­tries on day one of the Re­gional Com­mit­tee meet­ing, was en­dorsed in another res­o­lu­tion. The dec­la­ra­tion high­lights the ur­gency for stronger mea­sures to stop the to­bacco epi­demic in the WHO South-East Asia Re­gion.

The 68th Ses­sion of the WHO Re­gional Com­mit­tee for South East Asia for­mally in­au­gu­rated by the Prime Min­is­ter of the Demo­cratic Re­pub­lic of Ti­mor Leste

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