The George Institute welcomes launch of Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer
The George Institute for Global Health warmly welcomes the launch of the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, which represents the first time the world has committed to eliminate a cancer.
The Strategy, which will be launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 17 November 2020, provides a roadmap to eliminate the disease. The aim is that by 2030, all countries can achieve 90% HPV vaccination coverage, 70% screening coverage, and 90% access to treatment for cervical pre-cancer and cancer, including access to palliative care.
Cervical cancer remains one of the most common causes of death for women. Each year, more than half a million women are diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide, and over 300,000 women die. Glaring disparities exist in access to life-saving information and services, with 9 out of 10 of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.
The George Institute, which is developing a research programme in India to understand the socio-ecological factors influencing cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment, fully supports WHO in its ambition, and is committed to playing its part in eliminating needless suffering from this disease.