We want to show the world that civil society organisations across the globe are ready, willing, and able to step up to the challenge to eliminate cervical cancer. We will be reaching out to civil society organisations beyond the cancer community to sign up also. The UN Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNAIDS, UNFPA and GAVI have already signalled that they will be reaching out their own constituencies with the same message.
Cervical cancer, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and particularly devastating in those living with HIV co-infection, is a growing public health concern. Currently, every 2 minutes a life is lost to this disease. The fact that nearly 9 of 10 these deaths are women in low and middle income countries, describes the glaring global divide in access to life-saving information and services.
We already have proven and cost-effective solutions to prevent cervical cancer, to treat it and to care for those with late stage disease. We are urging Heads of State to demonstrate political leadership, make commitments and take action to put in place national programmes with equitable access and coverage to services:
Public information and education services across the life course to build health literacy and health provider skill sets
HPV vaccination of at least 80% of the target population
Screen all age-eligible women with prompt follow up and treatment of women who screen positive for cervical pre-cancerous lesions.
Early detection, prompt referral and optimal multidisciplinary treatment of invasive cervical cancer.
Pain management and palliative care for all that need them
Your decisive action and sustained commitment to national programmes will save lives, improve wellbeing and provide economic benefits for families and communities.
We ask you to invite your national civil society partners and contacts to join the call to action. We need to unite behind this and work together to build the political and community commitments needed for coordinated information, navigation, support, and care services required to prevent, detect early, and live well with cervical cancer. See what UICC members are doing to support this call to action.
We urge you to sensitise your national government to this global call using this statement. Press them to consult with all national stakeholders in the development or review of your national cervical cancer strategy. Call for time bound and ambitious commitments to improve:
Join us as we take this collective call to action to the Interactive UN Civil Society Hearing on NCDs on the 5 July to encourage more organisations to sign up. Each signature will help us demonstrate the urgent need for action to to Heads of State at the UN General Assembly and the High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases on the 27 September 2018.