The Cancer Alliance today publishes its Advocacy Toolkit for Area #9 – Collaboration to Improve Service Delivery.
EQUITABLE CANCER SERVICES IN SOUTH AFRICA CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED WITH A 4 PS APPROACH: PATIENT – PUBLIC – PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THESE SERVICES CANNOT CONTINUE TO REST PRIMARILY ON THE SHOULDERS OF THE PATIENT SECTOR, INCLUDING NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS (NPOS).
The inequities that are a reality for cancer patients around South Africa are being driven by a severely-embattled public health system, constrained by inadequate funding, along with a shortage of technically-skilled oncology staff required to effectively deliver this highly complex treatment. The situation is exacerbated by the high cost of technology to provide essential radiotherapy services throughout South Africa. Non-profit organisations that have stepped in to fill the gaps are themselves hampered by resource shortages and limited skills, rendering them unable to adequately meet the needs of our cancer population.
SO WHAT DO WE NEED?
- The declaration of cancer as a priority disease to achieve vital subsidization and dedicated, ring-fenced financial investment for not only treatment and care, but also for research and proper support services for all South Africans.
- Public-private partnerships that boost care quality throughout the continuum of cancer care.
- Private sector assistance with cancer technology and expertise otherwise unavailable to the public sector.
- A centralized national plan to drive cancer care collaborations, and prevent duplication of services.
3 MAJOR CHALLENGES
CHALLENGE 1: PRIORITIZING CANCER
CHALLENGE 2: FOLLOWING THE HIV/AIDS EXAMPLE
CHALLENGE 3: A FRAMEWORK FOR COLLECTIVE ACTION