Confronting Cervical Cancer

Through alliances with governments, our local partners, and the private sector, we are increasing access to cervical cancer prevention, screening, and treatment services -- particularly among poor and marginalized women. We also advocate at the local, national, and international levels for policies and funding that support universal access to these vital health services.

IPPF/WHR is a founding member of The Task Force on Non Communicable Diseases and Women’s Health, a diverse group of global health organizations dedicated to raising awareness about diseases like cervical cancer and providing technical leadership to meet women's evolving health needs. We are also a Global Network Member of the Union for International Cancer Control, and work with global cancer organizations to increase political and financial investments to fight this preventable disease.

Throughout the region, our Member Associations are implementing new approaches. In Bolivia, more than 75,000 girls have received HPV vaccinations. In Haiti, Profamil is pioneering a new and inexpensive technique that detects cervical cancer using a simple household staple: vinegar. The mobile health clinics in El Salvador bring awareness and health care to women in hard-to-reach rural areas.

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