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 launched our Cervical Cancer Grants Program in 2019, providing small, highly-targeted grants to programs generating the evidence needed to speed access and uptake of cervical cancer prevention technologies in low- and middle-income countries. We selected our first two grantees in July of 2019 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 for pre-cancerous lesions. For more on MoviCancer's thermal ablation activities, click here.
We’re privileged to support these efforts and look forward to welcoming further innovative proposals during future rounds of funding.
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