Statement by the Eastern Mediterranean NCD Alliance represented by the Gulf federation for Cancer Control and Arab medical association against cancer

On partnerships and SDGs , scaling up cancer control.

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to the 68th World Health Assembly Update on the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, agenda item 13.3, Document A68/10 Statement submitted Partnership of:

  • Cancer is one of the four main groups of non-communicable diseases which constitute a major health and development challenge, impacting every pillar of sustainable development: economic growth, social equity and environmental protection.
  • By 2030, Eastern Mediterranean Region is expected to witness a huge increase in cancer incidence, projected to be 100 – 150% in some of the countries, if no significant interventions are put in place. This is due to a combination of changes in demographics changes, unhealthy lifestyles and exposure to known cancer risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, environmental pollution and carcinogens.
  • Acknowledging the adopted Sustainable development goals in September 2015. Target 3.4 of SDGs focused on reducing premature mortality from NCDs in including cancer.
  • Considering the goal 17 of SDGs 2030; “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
  • Noting the increasing regional incidence of cancer, and the need to address the SDGs, a partnership between Arabic Medical Associations Against Cancer (AMAAC) and the  Regional NCD Alliance (EM-NCDA) represented by the Gulf Federation for Cancer Control (GFCC) has been developed.
  • This partnership has been active in cancer advocacy, capacity building, cancer early detection and providing cancer care for Arab population in LMIC countries such as Sudan, Yemen, Djibouti, and Somalia.
  • With increasing influx of displaced and refugees in the region, our network of national and regional NGOs have been engaged in providing cancer care services for the refugees and displaced population.
  • Through this partnership, we will take a proactive role in implementing SDG targets and promote the meaningful engagement of our civil societies at national and regional level to work against cancer.
  • Recognizing that the third United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs, September 2018 will be an excellent opportunity to scale up the cancer control in the region. Thus, we advocate for inclusion of cancer prevention and control in the outcome document of the 3rd UN high level meeting on NCDs. This will further advance SDGs Agenda and intensify regional and national efforts as well as scale up interventions and policies for successful and sustainable cancer control.
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