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Sunday, 9 July 2017

Advocacy, communication, and partnerships: Mobilizing for effective, widespread cervical cancer prevention

Scott Wittet, Jenny Aylward, Sally Cowal, Jacqui Drope, Etienne Franca, Sarah Goltz, Taona Kuo,
Heidi Larson, Silvana Luciani, Emmanuel Mugisha, Celina Schocken, Julie Torode

People fear cancer, and with good cause. Even individuals who cannot explain cervical cancer often are familiar with the symptoms; they have known women—their mothers, grandmothers, and neighbors—who have suffered, and died, from the disease.

Both human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and screening/treatment are relatively simple and inexpensive to implement at all resource levels, and cervical cancer screening has been acknowledged as a “best buy” by the WHO.

However, coverage with these interventions is low where they are needed most. Failure to launch or expand cervical cancer prevention programs is by and large due to the absence of dedicated funding, along with a lack of recognition of the urgent need to update policies that can hinder access to services.

Clear and sustained communication, robust advocacy, and strategic partnerships are needed to inspire national governments and international bodies to action, including identifying and allocating sustainable program resources.

There is significant momentum for expanding coverage of HPV vaccination and screening/preventive treatment in low-resource settings as evidenced by new global partnerships espousing this goal, and the participation of groups that previously had not focused on this critical health issue.


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