At the international level, CPAA is today recognized by the UICC (International Union against Cancer, Switzerland) as the largest cancer NGO of India. It recognizes and endorses the work of the society not merely because of its spread and reach and years of experience in the field, but because of the qualitative difference CPAA is making to peoples' lives.
One of the biggest honours came when CPAA was invited to be part of a brainstorming group of UICC or ‘The Think Tank' as they like to call it, to develop ideas on the UICC Individual Patient Membership structure. The deliberations covered subjects such as Potential Members, Benefits to Members, Membership fees, Governance etc. Another feather in CPAA's cap was when World Health Organisation (WHO) recognized the organization's efforts in fighting against tobacco by awarding our top ambassador, actor Viveik Oberoi for his contribution in the effort. CPAA is also a part of the organizing committee for the Reach to Recovery conference to be held in Mumbai in 2006 and the annual conference of International Society of Pediatric Oncology to be held in 2007.
Shines at International Forums:
World Conference for Cancer Organizations – Ireland
theme of the three-day event was ‘Working together – reaching new
horizons'. The conference included plenary sessions and symposia on
cancer-related subjects and covered topics such as improvement of the
patient/family treatment experience; effective use of media for cancer
campaigns; and research in cancer prevention and clinical trials. CPAA's
representatives to the conference were Y.K. Sapru-Chairman, Rekha Sapru-Joint
Secretary and Iva Athavia of Patient Care.
International Program – Sweden
thrust of this initiative was a combination of studying and observation,
giving and taking, learning and teaching on an international basis to
increase professional knowledge in the field of social work. The programme
was attended by Iva Athavia from Patient Care.
Scientist-Survivor Program Annual Conference – USA
than 15,000 participants from 60 countries gathered to discuss close to
6,000 abstracts and to hear more than 250 invited presentations on new and
significant discoveries in basic, clinical and translation cancer
research. The conference included scientific award lectures; grant writing
workshops, networking events, and educational sessions. The Program
identified and covered the latest advances in all areas of cancer research
and the most important emerging research areas Y.K. Sapru, Chairman CPAA
attended this power-packed meeting.
Scientist-Survivor Program-Educational Workshop – USA
was an update on the latest techniques used in the diagnosis of cancer.
The focus of this workshop was to disseminate the knowledge and new
perspectives of early diagnosis and prevention. Anita Peter of the
Director, CPAA attended this seminar.
Lead organized by the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund – Madrid
LEAD (Leadership, Education and Advocacy Development) is an innovative
science programme designed to train breast cancer activists. The intensive
5-day course was designed to help health workers effectively influence
research and public policy in all the forums where breast cancer research
decisions are made. Dr. Shubha Maudgal, Executive Director – Special
Projects was CPAA's representative at the meet.
The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) is the leading international non-governmental organization dedicated exclusively to the global control of cancer. Its vision is of a world where cancer is eliminated as a major life-threatening disease for future generations. UICC has spear-headed the creation of a global cancer control community. Through it's various programs it has created a conducive association of cancer agencies, NGO's, charitable trusts, pharmaceutical companies etc. It's mission is to deliver the best possible care to people living with cancer in every part of the world.
UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training Grants (APCASOT) is a program for staff or accredited volunteers of voluntary cancer societies located in the Asia-Pacific region. It's objective is to build cancer control capacity by participating in and learning from activities and campaigns conducted by established voluntary cancer societies in the region. CPAA is a one of the host's for this program along-with - The Cancer Council New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; The Cancer Council Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and Singapore Cancer Society, Singapore.
CPAA staff personnel who successfully completed the UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training Grants (APCASOT):
World Conference on Breast Cancer – Canada
aim of this conference was to provide a platform to unite leading minds in
the field of research and awareness and hundreds of dedicated volunteers
across the world to share resources and insights on patient care. The
conference dwelled at length on patient needs and how to motivate them
during critical treatment phases as well as during the convalescing
periods. Anamika and Jennifer Quadros from Patient Care team represented
CPAA at this forum.