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Open Letter to Governments ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage September 2019 From promises to progress on Health for All Your Excellencies, Ahead of the forthcoming UN General Assembly, we congratulate Heads of State and Government […]
Posted on 19 Sep 2019
17 September 2019 – The Cancer Alliance’s new #HeadsUpForCancer campaign is set to target farmers and farmworkers, the community behind one of South Africa’s leading economies but which has been routinely neglected in terms of cancer awareness and care. Knowledge […]
Posted on 19 Sep 2019
27 August 2019 – Today, marked a historic day for the Mpumalanga Department of Health when MEC for the Department, Sasekani Manzini officially launched Oncology services at Rob Ferreira Hospital situated in Mbombela. The purpose for launching the services is to provide safe cancer care within the province and improve quality of care. CANSA Mpumalanga was invited to the launch and Mandisa Mthembu said a few words on behalf of CANSA at the official opening of a new oncology unit at the Rob Ferreira hospital.
Posted on 28 Aug 2019
As a member of the SA Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance, the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) is dedicated to improving non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and control worldwide. As part of the second ‘Global Week for Action on NCDs’ (2 – 8 September), CANSA invites the public to participate in taking action against NCDs by joining an event on 6 September in Soweto. The aim is to educate about lowering the risk for cancer, heart diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes to enable healthy living for all.
Posted on 26 Aug 2019
5 July 2019 – The official launch in 2017 by South Africa’s former Health Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, of two new national cancer treatment policies was not just a critical breakthrough in the fight against diseases identified among the leading […]
Posted on 25 Jul 2019
The South African Non-communicable Disease Alliance (SANCDA) report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) was recently presented to the new Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and details Universal Health Coverage as being integral to NCDs equity. READ REPORT CANSA is a […]
Posted on 8 Jul 2019
31 May 2019 The Minister of Health South Africa Honourable Dr Mkhize On behalf of the Board and Management of the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), I congratulate you on your appointment as the Minister of Health. Your extensive experience […]
Posted on 7 Jun 2019
CANSA was represented by the Cancer Alliance, of which it is a member, at the World Health Assembly, helping to get the resolution passed: The World Health Assembly approved a milestone resolution to support greater public disclosure of prices for medicines and other health products. Senior WHO officials called it a landmark measure, which could have a lasting impact on lowering prices in markets for urgently-needed health products, ranging from treatments for cancer and hepatitis, to insulin, which today are unaffordable in many low- and middle-income countries.
Posted on 29 May 2019
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
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 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 18 Feb 2019
15 February 2019 – Many cancer patients in South Africa do not have access to affordable cancer medicines – many of which are available in other countries at a fraction of the price paid here. These patients are not getting […]
Posted on 18 Feb 2019
Infinity Care is a nappy brand which is manufactured in South Africa and complies with the relevant National and International Standards. It is the first of its kind in the industry to have been awarded the CANSA Smart Choice Seal by the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA), which has deemed products to be free of all known carcinogens and / or hormone disruptors. The nappies are comfortable and affordably priced, and are made to suit the users’ needs, improving quality of life, dignity, health, and care & support of cancer patients. The company offers a range of Adult Incontinence, Baby Disposable Nappies, Wet Wipes, and Under Pads / and Linen Savers. All products are available at CANSA’s Care Centres countrywide from 1st July 2019.
Posted on 21 Jan 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
The safety of e-cigarettes (electronic cigarettes) has not yet been scientifically shown. They contain nicotine, so they’re addictive and may encourage novice users to later switch to combustible cigarettes. They’re particularly harmful and addictive to people under the age of […]
Posted on 30 Mar 2018