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UICC collective call to action to eliminate cervical cancer

An urgent call for national action

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.

Generations free of the threat of cervical cancer

Civil society organisations active across the spectrum of health and community education and wellbeing are ready to step up to eliminate cervical cancer.

In response to the global call to action by WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros in May 2018, we make a collective call to Heads of States for urgency in making national commitments to scale-up implementation of vital services that leave no one behind. 

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.

View all the organisations that have already endorsed the statement

  • Cary Adams, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • Sanchia Aranda, Cancer Council Australia
  • Katie Dain, NCD Alliance 
  • ​Ambassador Sally G. Cowal, American Cancer Society 
  • Celina Schocken, TogetHER
  • Benjamin Anderson, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
  • Ann Steyn, Reach to Recovery International 
  • Stephen Connor, World Hospice Palliative Care Alliance
  • Philippa Decuir, Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA) Inc. 
  • Maira Caleffi, FEMAMA, Brazil
  • Maud Mwakasungula, Womens Coalition Against Cancer in Malawi
  • Charity Salima, Womens Coalition Against Cancer in Malawi
  • Maritha Kotze, National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa
  • Linda Greef, Pocet Cancer Support, South Africa
  • Jennifer Geel, CARE (Cancer Awareness Reseach and Education) for kids with cancer, South Africa
  • Myrtha Nues, Associação estadual de pessoas com câncer
  • Katia Baldini, Nucleo Assistencial Para Pessoas Com Cancer (NASPEC), Brazil
  • Craig Earle, Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
  • Samsara Nyaya Nunes, Instituto da Mama do RS (IMAMA), Brazil
  • Kyara Bergstrom, Pink Parasol Project, South Africa
  • Dorothy Du Plooy, The Cancer Association of South Africa
  • Molefi Jeremiah Takalo, Lifeline South Africa
  • Laurelle Williams, Buddies for Life/Oncology Buddies, South Africa
  • Douglas Piton Cunha, Instituto da Mama do Rio do Sul, Brazil
  • Elize Joubert, Cancer Association of South Africa
  • Daniele Reboucas, Associação Nossa Casa de Apoio a Pessoas com Câncer, Brazil
  • Jonathan D. Klein, International Pediatric Association
  • Julio Cesar Caetano, GADA Grupo de Amparo ao Doente de Aids, Brazil
  • Daiana Gonzaley Esquici Godoy, Associação Beneficente Amigas da Mama do Litoral - ABAMI, Brazil
  • Eduardo Cazap, Latin American & Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology
  • Deborah Constant, Women's Health Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Linus Chuang, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, National Cancer Council, Mongolia
  • Jordan Javis, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Laura Muzingwani, private practice, Namibia
  • David Walmer, Family Health Ministeries, USA
  • Batsirai Chikwinya, International Training and Education for Health, USA
  • Toritse Orubu, Vaccines & Innovation for Global Health, USA
  • Annette Ghee, University of Washington, USA
  • Leslie Jaeger, Haiti sans Cervical Cancer
  • Ruanne Barnabus, University of Washington, USA
  • Aaron Emmel, American Academy of Pediatrics 
  • Paul Ebusu, Uganda Cancer Society
  • Takelech Asnake, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Loune Viaud, Zanmi Lasante, Sister Organization to Partners in Health, Haiti
  • Mychelle Farmer, NCD Child
  • Emily Cheshire, Kenya Medical Women Association
  • Kunuz Abdella, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia
  • Mary Bagita, Papua New Guinea Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Society
  • Veronica Manduku, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)
  • Dat Duong, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Yin Yin Zaw, Shwe Yaung Hnin Si Cancer Foundation, Myanmar
  • Maia Olsen, Taskforce on Women & Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Rachel Freeman, University of Namibia
  • Junior Mavu, Cancer Association of Zimbabwe
  • Lutty Amos, Papua New Guinea ​ Foundation for Women's Cancer
  • Suleeporn Sangrajrang, National Cancer Institute, Thailand
  • David Makumi-Kinyanjui, Kenya Network of Cancer Organisations 
  • Julia Dowling, International Children's Palliative Care Network
  • Soe Aung, Myanmar Oncology Society
  • Jean Claude Mutabazi, Rwanda Children's Cancer Relief
  • Patti Gravitt, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Ophira Ginsburg, Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health ​
  • Annet Nakakanga, Uganda Cancer Institute
  • Simon Suttcliffe, Two Worlds Cancer Collaboration,INCTR, Canada
  • Olaitan Soyannwo, Centre for Palliative Care, Nigeria
  • Rose Gahire, Palliative care Association of Rwanda
  • Unice Garanganga, Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Zimba​bwe
  • Walter Zoss, RINC - Red de Institutos e Instituciones Nacionales de Cáncer de la América Latina Region
  • Rose Kiwanuka, Palliative Association of Uganda
  • Zipporah Ali, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
  • Emmanuel Luyirika, African Palliative Care Association
  • Katherine Pettus, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Anisa Mburu, Moi University, Kenya
  • Ambimbola Kolawohle, Ahmadu Bello University and Teaching Hospital, Nigeria 
  • Maggie Sinkamba, USAID DISCOVER-Health Project, Zambia  
  • Juceney Teresinha Da Caz, Mão Amiga Grupo Beltronense de Prevenção ao Câncer, Brazil
  • Adolfo Dammert, Liga Peruana de Lucha Contra el Cancer ​
  • Jane Matambo, Centre for Infectious Disease Research, Zambia
  • Maisha Hutton, Healthy Caribbean Coalition
  • Tezer Kutluk, Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control
  • Helene Sancho-Garnier, Association  de Lutte Contre le Cancer: ALCC-Bénin
  • Carol Rudall, individual supporter, Kenya
  • Brenda Kithaka, Women 4 Cancer Early Detection and Treatment, Kenya
  • Freddy Houehanou Rodrigue Gnangnon, Faculté des Sciences de la Santé / Université d'Abomey-Calavi Region, Benin
  • Julie Gralow, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington, USA
  • Sarah Ewart, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/University of Washington, USA
  • Monica Bertagnolli, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Lara Heskestad, Global Health Strategies
  • Mamadou Mansour Niang, Ligue Sénégalaise contre le cancer ( LISCA)
  • Carlos J. Castro E., Liga Colombiana contra el Cancer
  • Bakaro Kamaté​, University of Bamako, Mali
  • Vivien Tsu, PATH, USA
  • Maria Bennani, Fondation Lalla Salma, Morocco
  • Alkhali Mahamat Samira, Donama, Chad
  • Abdallah Bouhabib, Pogramme National de lutte Contre le Tabagisme, Ministère de la Santé, Nouakchott, Mauritania
  • Lucy Fagan, Commonwealth Youth Health Network  
  • Mwesigwa​ Boaz, ALZahra Specialist Hospital Mogadishu, Somalia
  • Awuor Ondeng, Ministry of Health, Kenya
  • George Kibiike, Community Restoration Initiative project
  • Deepak C. Bajracharya, Group for Technical Assistance
  • Ferdinand Tabi, PROVARESSC, Cameroon
  • Jill Kilikpo Jarwolo, Public Health Initiative Liberia- PHIL
  • Sabrina Kitaka, Society of Adolescent Health in Uganda
  • Susi Birke, ecancer, UK
  • Sutapa Biswas, Cancer Foundation of India ​
  • Sani Malami, Nigerian Cancer Society
  • Leoni Margarida​ Simm, Associação Brasileira de Portadores de Câncer - AMUCC
  • Lisseth Ruiz de Campos, Asociación Salvadoreña para la Prevención del Cáncer puede abreviarse ASAPRECAN
  • Hafsat Rufai Ahmad, Medical Women Association of Nigeria
  • Seye Omiyefa, Youth Action on Tobacco Control and Health (YATCH), Nigeria
  • Rajko Strahinja. Cancer Registry of Montenegro/Unstitute of Public Health of Montenegro
  • Diana Esperanza Rivera Rodriguez, Fundación Ellen Riegner de Casas, Colombia
  • Uzodinma Adirieje, Afri-Health Optonet Association; Nigeria

Share the call to action 

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 are calling on Heads of State at the on to show leadership on the national elimination of through equitable access to vaccination, screening and comprehensive and care. Join us and add your voice http://bit.ly/ccC2Astat

Inform your government

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:

  • Access HPV vaccination
  • Screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions
  • Early detection and treatment of cervical cancer
  • Pain management and palliative care.

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.