Advocates Call on Biden Administration for U.S. Leadership on Cervical Cancer Elimination

January 19, 2021

The United States has made tremendous contributions to global women’s health. The incoming Biden administration has been given an opportunity to build on this legacy by making defining investments toward the elimination of cervical cancer forever.

TogetHER has joined a group of 21 organizations calling on the new administration to build on current commitments to eliminate cervical cancer through coordinated efforts to promote HPV vaccination, as well as cervical screening and treatment.

Members and partners of TogetHER for Health recommend the following actions from the incoming Biden Administration:

  • Support the World Health Organization’s cervical cancer elimination strategy;
  • Sustain or increase investments in Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, enabling millions of young women and girls to receive the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer later in life;
  • Sustain or increase investments in the Go Further program under PEPFAR to screen and treat women living with HIV for cervical cancer using HPV testing as the primary screening method;
  • Commit to ensuring that cervical cancer vaccination, screening, and treatment services are components of quality, rights-based, client-centered, integrated sexual and reproductive healthcare alongside contraceptive access and prevention, testing, and treatment for HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections;
  • Provide U.S. Government support for NIH/NCI and CDC efforts necessary to improve and expand tools and strategies for cervical cancer control; and
  • Utilize COVID-19 mitigation investments to improve global health infrastructure and lab capacity more broadly.

We look forward to working with the Biden administration to make cervical cancer elimination a reality. Click here to view the letter.

• TogetHER for Health
• American Cancer Society
• Basic Health International
• Jhpiego
• Pathfinder International
• Population Services International
• Project Concern International, a Global Communities Partner
• C5 Collective
• CureCervicalCancer
• Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
• Engender Health
• Global Focus on Cancer
• Go Doc Go
• Grounds for Health • International Gynecologic Cancer Society
• International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region
• Laura Crandall Brown Foundation
• The Lily Project
• MSI Reproductive Choices