From 11 to 13 April 2019, policy makers from across the world will gather at Emperors Palace at a forum hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) and South African government that is asking: what is a fair price for a medicine? Civil Society Organizations and activists, local and international, have organized a side event at the same venue to discuss the emerging issues in medicine pricing as well as strategies to ensure that people are not denied their right to health due to the ever increasing cost of medicines. One of the focus areas is the excessive price of cancer medicines in South Africa, with a specific focus on lenalidomide, a drug used for the treatment of myeloma.
Posted on 11 Apr 2019
The Smart Choice Cookbook with CANSA and B-well is a collection of recipes that focuses on cancer risk reduction. The book covers breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as snacks and treats, with a vegetarian option included in each section. All the recipes were developed in consultation with CANSA’s consulting dietitian Megan Pentz-Kluyts, who is renowned for her knowledge on the role of nutrition in helping to lower the risk of cancer. *Feb 2019 – 40 000 downloads and counting…
Posted on 27 Feb 2019
CANSA is a founding partner of the South African Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (SANCDA), which was recently accepted as a member of the Non Communicable Diseases Alliance (NCDA).
Posted on 25 Feb 2019
Obesity, a risk factor for cancer and an established problem in high-income countries, is escalating rapidly in low- and middle-income countries, contributing significantly to the noncommunicable disease (NCD) burden. Dr Melissa Wallace and Ms Megan Pentz-Kluyts contributed an article to Cancercontrol.info.
Posted on 19 Feb 2019
The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) hosted an event with the theme “Strengthening advocacy efforts for equitable access to treatment and care for ALL” at the CANSA Head Office on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day. An event was also hosted at the CANSA Durban Care Centre, in KZN.
Posted on 12 Dec 2018
The National Cancer Campaign (NCC) was launched in PMB, KwaZulu-Natal on the 30th October 2018 and will focus on primary prevention and community awareness. The Cancer Alliance, of which CANSA is a member, applauds and supports this campaign. CANSA shares key messages communicated at the launch…
Posted on 29 Oct 2018
The first Global Week for Action on NCDs, from 3-9 September 2018, is an initiative of NCD Alliance, themed ENOUGH. Our Health. Our Right. Right Now. CANSA and the SA NCD Alliance join hundreds of partners from across the globe to call on governments to take assertive action to deliver progress on NCD prevention and control. #beatNCDs
Posted on 4 Sep 2018
Although the adoption and finalisation to the policy is an incredible achievement for South Africa, there is still much work ahead as we await the development and passing of necessary legislative amendments to the Patent Law. At this stage the policy only serves as a guide to the legal framework that is needed to amend the Patent Law. CANSA is helping to appeal to the Department of Trade and Industry to urgently prioritise the development of Bills to support the adjustments that are needed to ensure affordable access to medicines, especially cancer medication. Working together with the Fix the Patent Laws Coalition, we’ll make submissions for comment on the Bill as and when required. CANSA will continue to work with FTPL to fight South Africa’s patent laws until the people of our country can afford life-saving cancer medication.
Posted on 1 Jun 2018
April 2018: Lorraine Govender (CANSA’s National Advocacy Co-ordinator), was interviewed by Adri Kotze (Africa Editor Centre for Health Journalism – Mail & Guardian – http://bhekisisa.org/). CANSA was asked to respond to Cancer Research UK’s latest research, published earlier this year, […]
Posted on 25 Apr 2018
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and similar devices are frequently marketed as aids to quit smoking, or as ‘healthier’ alternatives to tobacco. However, this has not been proven. They contain nicotine, so they’re addictive and may encourage novice users to later switch to […]
Posted on 30 Mar 2018
CANSA’s CEO, on behalf of the Board and Management at CANSA, expressed their profound and heartfelt congratulations on Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment as the President of South Africa, applauding his commitment as conveyed in the State of the Nation Address, to fight Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) and cancer in SA. CANSA welcomes the attention to services at all health care levels and the underscoring of equity in access to health services.
Posted on 18 Feb 2018
World Cancer Day takes place each year on February 4, providing the platform for the world to unite and raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way. CANSA is encouraging everyone in all cities around the country to take part and support the 3rd year of the World Cancer Day campaign, and live the slogan of ‘We can. I can.’ In 2018, the aim is to inspire healthy cities and communities to fight cancer.
Posted on 5 Feb 2018
Find out more about CANSA’s Advocacy initiatives… CANSA Advocacy – Putting Knowledge into Action: March 2018 We Can. I Can: Make an Impact and Lower Cancer Risk: January 2018 CANSA Addressing Negative Impact of Poverty on Cancer Services: November 2017 Re-Engineering […]
Posted on 30 Jan 2018
On 4th February each year, it’s World Cancer Day (WCD). The 3 year theme, “I Can.We Can”, concludes in 2018, with the focus being on “inspiring healthy communities”. How can you and role players in your local community take hands […]
Posted on 29 Jan 2018
Wêreld Kankerdag vind elke jaar plaas op 4 Februarie en verskaf die platform vir die wêreld om te verenig om die profiel van kanker in ‘n positiewe en inspirerende manier te verskerp. KANSA moedig mense in alle stede en dorpe regoor Suid-Afrika aan om deel te neem aan die derde agtereenvolgende jaar se veldtog op Wêreld Kankerdag en om die veldtog heelhartig te ondersteun. Die mikpunt van die veldtog in 2018 is om gemeenskappe te inspireer om in gesonde stede en dorpe te leef en om saam te help om die stryd teen kanker te oorwin.
Posted on 18 Jan 2018
To commemorate World Cancer Day on February 4, 2018, the Cancer Alliance, of which CANSA is a partner, announced the eight medicines which will be the focus of a concerted two year campaign to change the path of cancer treatment in our country and hosted a ‘Patent Reform’ Media Roundtable / Webinar on 30 January.
Posted on 17 Jan 2018
In preparation for World Cancer Day 2018, join Kwanele Asante, Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Commission on the Prevention and Control of Cancer, in the debate about access to lifesaving medicines and our demand for policy reform.
Posted on 17 Jan 2018
UPDATED: May 2018
Why do we need patent law reform urgently in South Africa?
Posted on 16 Jan 2018
Elize Joubert, CANSA CEO, is representing South African Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (SA NCD Alliance) at the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum, 9th-11th December, 2017, in Sharjah, UAE. This year’s theme is “Stepping up the pace on NCDs: making 2018 count”. #NCDAF2017.12.08
Posted on 8 Jan 2018
CANSA hosted a Universal Health Coverage event on behalf of the Cancer Alliance and the Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance of South Africa (SANCDA). CANSA invited the Health Department, health care professionals and other civil society organisations that are instrumental in the promotion of #HealthForAll, to come and share ideas regarding how to promote universal health coverage for all in South Africa.
Posted on 11 Dec 2017