Universal Health Coverage day 2019
December 12, 2019
The Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon (CCCL), is a center of excellence in the Arab region that treats children with cancer without any discrimination or financial burden on their parents.
On behalf of many of the regional NGOs advocating to ensure the achievement of the Universal Health Coverage in the region, we congratulate co-facilitators and governmental representatives for declaring the key asks that could be summarized in 6 main titles:
- • Reinvigorate the political leadership commitments;
- • Leave no one behind by ensuring financial coverage for the treatments;
- • Access to best quality treatment;
- • Create regulations and policies to ensure the peoples’ needs are met;
- • Invest better in the health system and resources;
- • Engage multi-stakeholder for better and healthy society;
From the most prestigious political and forum stages, the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon stand here to call on the international community to act by incentivizing and encouraging discussions among governmental, and Non-governmental institutions in addition to patient groups.
We invite a multi-sectorial and non-health ministries to be actively involved in realizing the key asks that will pave the way to healthy communities and to ensure quality treatment for all.
At the Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon, we are so proud of our partnership and constant conversation with the Lebanese Ministry of the public Health, private sector and non-health ministries that allow the total coverage of 200 children annually, a 30% of all childhood cancer incidence of which 20% are of non-Lebanese and refugees in Lebanon.
The CCCL is aware that achieving the UHC 2030 requires multi-sectorial collaboration, in all its forms such as policy adaptation by governments, building partnerships that will deliver effectively on priorities identified through multi-sectorial negotiations and partnerships and hence call on all present at the high level meeting to lobby to their government to:
- • Ensure a continuous multi-sectorial discussion including private sector such as the pharma industry;
- • Put people first in any policy making/changes;
- • Implementing existing non-communicable diseases including prevention, awareness and control policies and laws;
- • To include pediatric cancer treatment and support care within UHC policies.