UPDATE: The submission period for the 2021 round of TogetHER's Cervical Cancer Grants Program has closed as of October 29th. Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, November 22nd.
We can’t end cervical cancer deaths without changing the way things are done, especially in low-resource settings. Catalytic support is needed to test innovative new strategies and to influence and inspire new programs that can help women around the world.
TogetHER’s Cervical Cancer Grants Program aims to provide small, highly targeted grants addressing demand and supply barriers that prevent access to the life-saving cervical cancer prevention services in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs). These catalytic investments directly improve the lives of girls and women and trigger systemic health improvements such as policy changes, regulatory approvals, and the development of tools and strategies adaptable across the health system.
TogetHER is currently accepting submissions from non-governmental organizations for its second round of funding through the Cervical Cancer Grants Program, allowing for two tracks for potential grantees:
- Track 1 aims to improve demand-side interventions to increase uptake of all cervical cancer prevention services.
- Track 2 aims to support supply-side interventions to accelerate adoption of improved technologies in cervical cancer prevention.
Each track will award a single grant not to exceed $25,000 USD and will be targeted to LMICs, particularly those with high cervical cancer disease burden. Program applicants should clearly state to which track they are applying. Activities that can demonstrate catalytic, systemic improvements for cervical cancer prevention will be prioritized. Given the limited grant size, funding from Cervical Cancer Grants Program should be used to complement existing funding for vaccination, or screening and treatment programs.
The Request for Proposals – including specific information on the types of programs funded, eligibility, requirements, and more can be found here. Questions regarding the RFP were accepted until Friday, October 8th. Submitted questions - and responses to those questions - can be found here.
TogetHER launched our Cervical Cancer Grants Program in 2019. Our first two grantees in July of 2019 were selected from a competitive field of 26 applications, representing 20 countries:
- Jhpiego’s pilot of thermal ablation as a cervical precancer treatment strategy at four high-volume health facilities in Gabarone helped spur wider implementation of thermal ablation across Botswana. The project’s success was amplified when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control procured 39 additional thermal ablation machines.
- The MoviCancer Foundation evaluated the impact, feasibility and acceptability of thermal ablation on cervical precancer treatment in three regions of Nicaragua, while also supporting the development of a national protocol for the use of thermal ablation. Due in part to TogetHER’s support, ten health providers in Nicaragua were trained and equipped with thermal ablation devices, resulting in 25,000 eligible women receiving treatment for pre-cancerous lesions. For more on MoviCancer's thermal ablation activities, click here.
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