Written by on February 7, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced its plans to improve the survival rate for people living with cancer in the Caribbean.

The WHO reports that more than 1 million people die in the Americas annually, with a high percentage of those to being in the Caribbean region.

They say cancer cases being diagnosed too late and the inability to provide treatment, “condemns many people to unnecessary suffering and early death”.

The new health initiative will implementing new guidelines that will help health care planners improve early diagnosis of cancer and ensure prompt treatment.

The WHO will invest in strengthening and equipping health services, training health workers on conducting more accurate and timely diagnosis, improving access to safe and effective treatment, and increasing public awareness of different cancer symptoms and encourage people to seek care when these arise.

The global health organization says it is also working toward universal health coverage and health access, to reducing the need for people to pay for care out of their own pockets – which prevents many from seeking help in the first place.

Caribbean and Latin America countries unanimously agreed to a target of reducing premature deaths from cancers and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030.

They also agreed to achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health care services and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.

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