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Overview and Lessons Learned - Cervical Cancer
Program Examples - Cervical Cancer Bibliography - Cervical Cancer Links - Cervical Cancer
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Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention

Improving women's health and saving lives through cervical cancer prevention programs in developing countries.

The Need

More than 600 women die every day from cervical cancer, mostly in the developing world. Health care providers in developing countries regularly see women with advanced, incurable cervical cancer. At this late stage, there is little they can do to save women's lives. Even drugs designed to ease cancer pain often are unavailable.

Yet cervical cancer can be readily prevented, even in women at high risk for the disease, through screening and treatment using relatively simple technologies. When precancerous changes in cervical tissue are found and the abnormal tissue is treated, a woman will not develop cancer.

While the majority of women in industrialized countries have access to basic cervical cancer preventive services, women in the developing world generally do not.

The Alliance

In 1999, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (www.gatesfoundation.org) awarded a five-year, $50 million grant to the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention, a group of five international organizations with a shared goal of working to prevent cervical cancer in developing countries. The Alliance works with developing-country partners to:

  • assess innovative approaches to screening and treatment;
  • improve service delivery systems;
  • ensure that community perspectives and needs are incorporated into program design;
  • heighten awareness of cervical cancer and effective prevention strategies.

Alliance Partners

The five Alliance partner organizations, brought together by their capabilities and experience in global cervical cancer prevention, are:

Alliance Work

Alliance projects focus on regions in which cervical cancer incidence and mortality are highest: sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. Alliance-funded research and demonstration projects are underway in several countries, including Ecuador, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Thailand, South Africa, and Venezuela.

Alliance work includes:

  • exploring new methods for detection of precancerous lesions;
  • evaluating the effectiveness of combined detection and treatment approaches;
  • improving delivery of cervical cancer prevention services;
  • improving the quality of cytology and treatment services;
  • assessing what women and health care providers need to know about cervical cancer prevention;
  • preparing key information packages for health care decision-makers;
  • providing small grants to local agencies working on cervical cancer prevention in their communities.

ACCP Contact Information

AVSC International
440 Ninth Avenue
New York, New York 10001 USA
Contact: Karen Beattie, M.A.
Tel: (212)561-8000
Email:
[email protected]

IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer)
150, cours Albert-Thomas
F-69372
Lyon cedex 08, FRANCE
Contact: R. Sankaranarayanan, M.D.
Tel: (011)33-472738599
Email: [email protected]

JHPIEGO Corporation
1615 Thames Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21231 USA
Contact: Noel McIntosh, M.D., ScD
Tel: (410) 955-8558
Email: [email protected]

PAHO (Pan American Health Organization)
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037 USA
Contact: Sylvia Robles, M.D., M.Sc.
Tel: (202) 974-3890
Email: [email protected]

PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)
Alliance coordinating agency
4 Nickerson Street
Seattle, Washington 98109 USA
Contact: Jacqueline Sherris, Ph.D.
Tel: (206)285-3500
Email:
[email protected]

For more information, please visit the Alliance website (www.alliance-cxca.org) or write to the Alliance care of PATH (email: [email protected])

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