30. 10. 2018

The iPAAC WP4 team is currently visiting EU Member States to collect their experience in the implementation of cancer control programs.

France, 4 July 2018, Inca, Paris

First visit: 4th of July, the kick-off in Paris, at the French Cancer Institute. An ambitious starting point, where almost 30 years ago Veronesi wrote an A4 scope for the action against cancer for Mitterrand and Kohl. Remembering the founding fathers, Christine Berling (Ministry of Health) and Claudia Ferrari (INCA) stressed us to emphasize how an European perspective for cancer control could be of added value for all Member States. We will!

The Netherlands, 19 September 2018, Ministerie van Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport Den Haag

The WP4 met the screening team of the Dutch Health Ministry, Nynke van der Veen, from the “Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu” (RIVM), Susan Potting and Renske van Tol from the Ministry. We could get insights on the key success factors of the Dutch cancer screening programs: planning, integrated evaluation and high-quality information. Besides the experience and the many lessons learned, questions arise concerning innovations, the use of data and the involvement of patients and citizens. Can we organize mutual learning concerning these topics?

Spain, 1 October 2018, Ministry of Health and Wellbeing, Madrid

We were warmly welcomed by our Spanish partners at the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare. Enjoying a panoramic view on Madrid, the tone of a constructive and positive conversation was set. We discussed with Paloma Casado (Deputy Assistant Director-General of Quality and Innovation), Pilar Soler (Spanish National Strategy of Cancer in the Ministry), Marta Morien (prevention & health promotion) and Josep M. Borras (director of the Institut Català d’Oncologia) about the Spanish political structure and health care system. We also addressed the decision making process, their important efforts in primary prevention but also on the main difficulties. Thanks to the great preparation of the Spanish hosts, we got to know the inside-out of the Spanish Cancer Control Policy. We learned how Spain is committed to different Joint Actions.

Finland, 17–18 October, Helsinki (CSF, THL and Ministry of Health)

After a splendid Finish lunch in an renovated old bank, the Finnish hosts Clarissa Bingham (CSF), Pekka Jousilahti (THL), Satu Lipponen (CSF) & Ahti Anttila (CSF) presented to the WP4 delegation the main Finnish contextual features. We also discussed the objectives, target group and format of the Roadmap. We met the many Finnish actors who fulfil important roles in cancer care, such as the government, the registry, but also NGOs and hospitals. Cancer care and research networks were discussed, as well as prevention and comprehensive care.