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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.’

According to the organization, Governments, donors, multilateral institutions, and partners today announced major new policy, programmatic, and financial commitments, including nearly 600 million U.S. dollars in new funding, to eliminate cervical can cer. If these ambitions to expand vaccine coverage and strengthen screening and treatment programs are fully realized, the world could eliminate cancer for the first time. These commitments were made at the first-ever Global Cervical Cancer Elimination Forum: Advancing the Call to Action in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, to catalyze national and global momentum to end this preventable disease. Every two minutes, a woman dies from cervical cancer, although the knowledge and the tools to prevent and even eliminate this disease already exist. Vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) – the leading cause of cervical cancer – can prevent the vast majority of cases and, combined with screening and treatment, provides a path to elimination. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide and continues to disproportionately impact women and their families in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). In an important shift, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s 2022 global recommendation for one-dose HPV vaccine schedules significantly reduced barriers to scaling up vaccination programs. It was reinforced by a similar recommendation in the Americas Region in 2023. The WHO’s Regional Office for Africa has just followed suit with its own recommendation for countries in the region to adopt the single-dose vaccination schedule. To date, 37 countries have reported switching or intent to switch to a one-dose regimen. The commitments announced at the forum mark a watershed moment to accelerate progress on a promise made in 2020 when 194 countries adopted WHO’s global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer. “We have the knowledge and the tools to make cervical cancer history, but vaccination, screening and treatment programs are still not reaching the scale required,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “This first global forum is an important opportunity for governments and partners to invest in the global elimination strategy and addressing the inequities that deny women and girls access to the life-saving tools they need.” To be continued Abu Inam Hashemi

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