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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.’

Helga Fogstad, Director of Health, UNICEF: For the first time, the end of an entire category of cancer is in sight. With the necessary tools at our disposal, commitment and political will are the next critical steps to a future free of cervical cancer for generations to come. UNICEF is dedicated to the shared global target of protecting the lives of 86 million girls by next year and pledges US $10 million to support 21 countries in vaccinating girls against HPV, in addition to our existing commitments to this important and urgent cause. The impact of these new funds will be amplified as a result of UNICEF’s multi-sectorial approach making the most of our school and community platforms and partnerships with girls’ and women’s rights organizations to ensure success in demand generation.” Marisol Touraine, Executive Board Chair, Unitaid: “We cannot accept that women die from cervical cancer when we know how to prevent and treat this disease. At this pivotal moment, we must ensure the efficient tools we have are both affordable and available to every woman and girl in need. Our projects at United have dramatically reduced the cost of HPV screening and the price of lifesaving thermal ablation devices. We are launching another wave of investments that will focus on bringing cervical cancer screening outside of healthcare facilities and into communities. Together with our partners, we will continue to lay the groundwork for a future where all women have equitable access to the care they deserve, regardless of their socio-economic status or geographic location.” Dr. Atul Gawande, Assistant Administrator for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development: “With the powerful shield of the HPV vaccine, regular screening, and early treatment, we can safeguard a generation from the devastating effects of cervical cancer. Every shot is a bold stride toward a future where cervical cancer is eliminated. USAID remains a steadfast partner to governments, communities, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, for ensuring access to this life-saving intervention. Through PEPFAR’s Go Further partnership, USAID will also combat cervical cancer by extending screening and treatment options to the most vulnerable communities where people are at higher risk for acquiring HIV and HPV. Together, we’re forging a path towards a future where cervical cancer is no longer a threat to the health and wellbeing of women worldwide.” Concluded. End Abu Inam Hashemi

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