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Commitments to mark historic step towards elimination of cervical concern increase


The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently published an article on its website saying ‘new
country, policy and program commitments, plus nearly 600 million U.S. dollars in new funding, at
first-ever global forum offer a chance to save hundreds of thousands of lives by 2030.’

Quote from Government of Colombia: “For the Government of Colombia, in its commitment to guaranteeing the rights of women in their diversities, it is imperative to advance in the elimination of cervical cancer; a disease that affects millions of girls and women. Therefore, we are pleased to host the first Global Forum for the Elimination of Cervical Cancer; This is an opportunity that will allow the country, and the world, to exchange experiences and knowledge that will contribute to eliminating barriers to care, increasing vaccination against HPV and facilitating capacity development so that countries and partners continue adding actions for elimination of cervical cancer.” For the Spanish government, “Cervical cancer is a public health problem for which there are already prevention, detection, and treatment tools,” as stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union, and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, who is convinced that “with political will, we can address it. We are confident that, from this first forum, commitments and support will emerge from countries, international organizations, global initiatives, philanthropic entities, and civil society to boost government action and commitment to achieving the goals of the WHO strategy. In coherence with its feminist foreign and cooperation policy, Spain is ready to undertake significant commitments to achieve this.” This milestone forum is cosponsored by the Governments of Colombia and Spain in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); World Health Organization (WHO); UNICEF; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Unitaid; the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF); Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); and the World Bank. Co-host Quotes Dr Chris Elias, President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “HPV vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine, yet too many girls in low- and middleincome countries do not have access to them. There is no reason why women should die from cervical cancer when a vaccine to prevent it exists. With the addition of WHO’s guidance for a one-dose HPV vaccine schedule, cervical cancer elimination is within reach. Now is the time for governments and partners around the world to increase HPV vaccine access and protect future generations from cervical cancer.” Aurélia Nguyen, Chief Programme Officer, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance: “The HPV vaccine is one of the most impactful vaccines on the planet and has already helped save thousands of lives. More girls urgently deserve the same protection, which is why in partnership with countries, Gavi has set an ambitious goal to help vaccinate 86 million adolescent girls by 2025. With bold commitment and decisive action, we can look forward to a future where cervical cancer has been eliminated for good.” Juan Pablo Uribe, Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) and Global Director for Health Nutrition and Population at the World Bank “The World Bank and the GFF are doubling down efforts for cervical cancer elimination, with at least US$400 million for HPV-related investments over the next three years. Every woman and every girl should have access to cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment as part of regular health care services. Much more work is ahead of all of us with a shared goal: eliminate cervical cancer. We need to build on today’s momentum and support countries‘ leadership to accelerate progress.” Dr Jarbas Barbosa, Director, Pan American Health Organization: “We have the urgent need to scale up access and coverage for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, screening and treatment. I express PAHO’s profound commitment to elevate the political will and prioritize cervical cancer elimination in the public health agenda of countries in the Americas. “This is part of PAHO’s Disease Elimination Initiative, which aims to eliminate as many as 30 communicable diseases and related conditions, including cervical cancer, in the Americas by 2030. Through PAHO’s Regional Revolving Funds, high quality HPV vaccines, HPV diagnostic tests and ablative precancer treatment devices are available at one price for all our Member States regardless of purchase size.” Abu Inam Hashemi

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