Roundtable Discussion at the UICC World Cancer Congress: Looking Toward the Realization of Universal Health Coverage for Cancer in Asia

  • Akaza, Hideyuki (Department of Strategic Investigation on Comprehensive Cancer Network, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo) ;
  • Kawahara, Norie (Department of Strategic Investigation on Comprehensive Cancer Network, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo) ;
  • Nozaki, Shinjiro (Global Health Workforce Alliance, World Health Organization) ;
  • Sonoda, Shigeto (Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo) ;
  • Fukuda, Takashi (National Institute of Public Health) ;
  • Cazap, Eduardo (Union for International Cancer Control) ;
  • Trimble, Edward L. (National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health) ;
  • Roh, Jae Kyung (Yonsei University College of Medicine) ;
  • Hao, Xishan (Chinese Anti-Cancer Association)
  • Published : 2015.02.04


The Japan National Committee for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and UICC-Asia Regional Office (ARO) organized a Roundtable Discussion as part of the official program of the UICC World Cancer Congress 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. The theme for the Roundtable Discussion was "Looking Toward the Realization of Universal Health Care 'UHC' for Cancer in Asia" and it was held on December 5, 2014. The meeting was held based on the recognition that although each country may take a different path towards the realization of UHC, one point that is common to all is that cancer is projected to be the most difficult disease to address under the goals of UHC and that there is, therefore, an urgent and pressing need to come to a common understanding and awareness with regard to UHC concepts that are a priority component of a post-MDG development agenda. The presenters and participants addressed the issue of UHC for cancer in Asia from their various perspectives in academia and international organizations. Discussions covered the challenges to UHC in Asia, collaborative approaches by international organizations, the need for uniform and relevant data, ways to create an Asia Cancer Barometer that could be applied to all countries in Asia. The session concluded with the recognition that research on UHC in Asia should continue to be used as a tool for cancer cooperation in Asia and that the achievement of UHC would require research and input not only from the medical community, but from a broad sector of society in a multidisciplinary approach. Discussions on this issue will continue towards the Asia-Pacific Cancer Conference in Indonesia in August 2015.


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