Place: Washington, D.C.
Dates: August 1-2, 2019.
Representatives from Ministries of Health from 27 countries in the Americas, together with relevant UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered in Washington, DC on 1-2 August 2019 to discuss effective interventions for cervical cancer prevention and control. This was in support of the proposed global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer and to set a path towards future elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem in the Region of the Americas.
Cervical cancer is preventable through HPV vaccination, screening and precancer treatment, and it can be controlled with diagnosis, timely treatment and palliative care. Yet rates remain high as there are still many challenges around awareness, participation in vaccination and screening, as well as access, coverage and quality of health services.
The meeting highlighted the fact that this region is poised to have a greater impact on incidence and mortality rates, as a result of the priority, technical expertise, and commitments afforded this public health issue. Participants reviewed the PAHO Plan of Action for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control 2018-2030 and discussed possible activities to accelerate its implementation at country level. Participants also reviewed and provide input on the draft WHO Global Strategy Towards the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, which will be presented to the 2020 World Health.
Thursday 1 August, 2019
Session 1: Global and Regional Updates on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control
- • Cervical cancer situation in the Americas – Silvana Luciani, PAHO
- • Status of HPV vaccination in the Americas – Lucia De Oliveira, PAHO
- • Proposed global strategy for the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem – Nathalie Broutet, WHO
Session 2. Cervical Cancer Plan of Action: Strategic Line of Action- #1: Program organization and governance, information systems, and cancer registries
- • Methods and tools for data to decision making in cervical cancer – Mona Saraiya, CDC
Session 3. Cervical Cancer Plan of Action: Strategic Line of Action - #2: Strengthen primary prevention through information, education, and HPV vaccination
- • PAHO Immunization Technical Advisory Group Recommendation on HPV vaccination – Lucia De Oliveira, PAHO
- • HPV vaccines in the PAHO Revolving Fund – John Fitzsimmons, PAHO
Session 5. Cervical Cancer Plan of Action: Strategic Line of Action - #3: Improve cervical cancer screening and precancer treatment through innovative strategies
- • New WHO guidelines for pre-cancer treatment – Nathalie Broutet, WHO
Friday 2 August, 2019
Session 6: Cervical Cancer Plan of Action: Strategic Line of Action - #4: Improve access to services for cancer diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care
- • Building infrastructure for cancer treatment, symptom management, and palliative care – Doug Lowy, US National Cancer Institute
- • Radiotherapy treatment capacity in the Americas Region – Pablo Jimenez, PAHO
- • Management of invasive cervical cancer – Elena Fidarova, WHO
Session 7: Addressing HPV among women living with HIV
- • The importance of addressing HPV among women living with HIV, current situation in LAC and next steps – Maeve de Mello, PAHO
- • Good practices and lessons learned globally to implement and scale up cervical cancer prevention, detection, treatment and care for women living with HIV – Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, NCI
Session 10: Integrated approaches to accelerate implementation of the regional cervical cancer plan
- • Incorporating cervical cancer as part of PAHO’s Disease Elimination Initiative – Massimo Ghidinelli, PAHO
- • Opportunities to address cervical cancer through PAHO’s plan of action on women, children and adolescent health – Suzanne Serruya, PAHO
Click on the link or in the image below to access the campaign posters and social media cards, stories and useful information and resources for girls, women, parents, teachers and health providers, that can be used to support local HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screeningn programs