Cancer Alliance Webinar – The Cost of Cancer: Where to from Here?
Please join us as we launch the latest report from the Cancer Alliance, forecasting the cost of cancer by 2030 and unpacking solutions to the crisis that faces us.
The webinar’s focus is on discussing the research results and comments from various roleplayers. We certainly now need solutions and cannot afford talking about our problems any longer.
Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO: “This unique report reflects the findings from a research study that was commissioned by the Cancer Alliance and to which CANSA contributed financially to investigate the current status of availability and affordability of cancer medicine in SA. This report highlights the availability and affordability issues resulting from the patent rights on specific cancer medicines. The recommendations to a variety of key players in this field, focus on the debate on re-think / re-design / re-engineer cancer care services in the light of the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI). National programmes can only succeed with the support of governments, which should have clear strategies and adequate funding to promote prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”
- Date: Tuesday, 7 September 2021
- Time: 15h00 – 16h45
About the Reports
This report is another first for South Africa, ‘Estimating and Projecting the Cancer Burden in South Africa’. Our cancer burden is going to increase exponentially and the projected cost associated is R50 Billion over a 10 year period. This further provides us with the tools for future resource planning and budgeting.
“This report is not simply a campaign for an extra R50 billion as a vertical investment in cancer. It recognises that the full continuum of cancer care can only occur within a health system that focuses on primary and secondary prevention, has strong referral pathways and has robust systems for education and training all health workers.” – Dr Lydia Cairncross, Head of the Surgical Oncology Unit at UCT / Groote Schuur Academic complex and EquiHealth, a UCT Global Surgery project and an active member of the People’s Health Movement of South Africa.
“The scourge of cancer in South Africa is picking up speed. The rate of death from cancer continues to rise among both men and women, among all racial groups, and for many types of cancer. This report comes at a crucial time, when we need to be proactive if we want to turn this tide. If we don’t invest in personnel training and in cancer treatment research now, then we are doomed.” – Dr Richard M Khanyile, Head of Department of Medical Oncology, Steve Biko Academic Hospital, University of Pretoria.
“It is proud moment for us to release our next report – Cost of Cancer: Challenges for the next 10 years, after 10 years of advocacy about cancer access. It is very clear that we are facing a different pandemic. We cannot continue with what we have… South Africa has the know-how and resources to do better for its people.” – Linda Greeff Chairperson, Cancer Alliance.
Direct link to report (PDF): Cost of Cancer: Challenges for the Next 10 Years
Direct link to report (PDF): Estimating and Projecting the Burden of Cancer in SA