WHO: World leaders commit to eliminate cervical cancer

30 October, 2020

From WHO, with a comment from me below.

Read online: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/11/17/default-calendar/...

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On 17 November 2020, following the close of the 73rd World Health Assembly, WHO will formally launch the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. This virtual event will mark a world-first commitment to the elimination of a cancer. The launch should reflect a day of action, with events held across the globe - from Chile, India and Kenya to the Netherlands, Nigeria andd Zambia, among other countries.

https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/11/17/default-calendar/...

Cervical cancer is one cancer the world can actually eliminate: it’s time to do it. Following a Call to Action in May 2018 from the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros, 194 countries collectively resolved to end needless suffering from a cancer that is both preventable and curable. The world already has the necessary tools; they just need to be made accessible.

In August 2020, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for elimination of cervical cancer and adopting a strategy to make it happen. It is a testament to the enthusiasm for this important goal that, even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have affirmed their support for this important priority...

For more information on WHO’s initiative to eliminate cervical cancer, visit our “Health Topic” page https://www.who.int/health-topics/cervical-cancer#tab=tab_1

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Comment: I would like to invite a HIFA volunteer to look at the links between access to reliable information to prevent and manage cervical cancer (whether of the general public or health workers) and health outcomes.

Neil Pakenham-Walsh, HIFA Coordinator, neil@hifa.org www.hifa.org