Advocacy, communication, and partnerships: Mobilizing for effective, widespread cervical cancer prevention.


Wittet, S; Aylward, J; Cowal, S; Drope, J; Franca, E; Goltz, S; Kuo, T; Larson, H; Luciani, S; Mugisha, E; Schocken, C; Torode, J; (2017) Advocacy, communication, and partnerships: Mobilizing for effective, widespread cervical cancer prevention. International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics, 138 Suppl 1. pp. 57-62. ISSN 0020-7292 DOI: 10.1002/ijgo.12189

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Abstract

Both human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination and screening/treatment are relatively simple and inexpensive to implement at all resource levels, and cervical cancer screening has been acknowledged as a "best buy" by the WHO. However, coverage with these interventions is low where they are needed most. Failure to launch or expand cervical cancer prevention programs is by and large due to the absence of dedicated funding, along with a lack of recognition of the urgent need to update policies that can hinder access to services. Clear and sustained communication, robust advocacy, and strategic partnerships are needed to inspire national governments and international bodies to action, including identifying and allocating sustainable program resources. There is significant momentum for expanding coverage of HPV vaccination and screening/preventive treatment in low-resource settings as evidenced by new global partnerships espousing this goal, and the participation of groups that previously had not focused on this critical health issue.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
PubMed ID: 28691332
Web of Science ID: 405091100010
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4052689

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