This Guide is intended to help those responsible for providing services aimed at reducing the burden posed by cervical cancer for women, communities and health systems. It focuses on the knowledge and skills needed by health care providers, at different levels of care, in order to offer quality services for prevention, screening, treatment and palliation of cervical cancer.
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) offers this guidance as a focused update on cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment strategies. It is intended to be complimentary to the World Health Organization 2006 “Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control: A Guide to Essential Practice”1 and bridge the gap with emerging data now available until the next edition, expected out in 2011.
This guidance note is based on a UNFPA/WHO Technical Consultation on HPV Vaccines and Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes, held in March 2006 in Montreux, Switzerland. It is intended to alert a broad array of stakeholders – in sexual and reproductive health, immunization, child and adolescent health, and cancer control programmes.
This manual is ideal for health professionals who are developing a new cervical cancer prevention program or who are strengthening an existing program. The manual provides information on how to organize and deliver a program, recognizing that various service delivery options are needed for different geographic and cultural settings and a range of resource levels.