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World Immunization Week 2021: Vaccines bring us closer. . . to ending cervical cancer forever

April 19, 2021

This year’s World Immunization Week theme of “Vaccines bring us closer” speaks to the desire of billions of people to re-establish the normal patterns of our pre-COVID-19 lives as soon as possible. In this year more than most, the power of vaccines to safeguard health is being celebrated. At the same time, as the world grapples with the challenge of ensuring global access to new vaccines against COVID-19, the human cost of insufficient investment in immunization programs has never been more apparent. I see a return to those “normal” pre-COVID conditions as a critical stepping-off point to a revolutionary change…

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Cervical cancer elimination will require United States leadership in prevention and control both at home and abroad

March 31, 2021

March 31, 2021 TogetHER has convened a group of 18 organizations to highlight contributions to national and global cervical cancer prevention and control by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and to call for new commitments to promote HPV vaccination and cervical screening and treatment. Members and partners of TogetHER for Health recommend the following actions from new HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and his colleagues: Recommit the United States Government to safeguarding access to women’s healthcare, including cervical cancerscreening; Commit the United States to achieving the targets set under the WHO Elimination Strategy, most notably by…

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TogetHER’s 2020 Year in Review

March 2, 2021

TogetHER’s work continued in spite of 2020’s ongoing challenges. We focused on sharing the achievements of life-saving prevention and treatment programs, demanding action on their behalf, and creating new tools to catalyze increased political and financial support for cervical cancer interventions. Our 2020 Year in Review provides a recap of a tremendously productive year. Photo credit: “Crochet Blanket” by Auntie P is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

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Cervical Cancer Advocacy and Policy

Celebrating an energetic start to 2021

February 1, 2021

February 3, 2021 As Cervical Cancer Awareness month draws to a close, we at TogetHER for Health are feeling optimistic about the momentum building to accelerate action on HPV and cervical cancer elimination globally. Despite the continued challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the global cancer community is rallying around the WHO’s Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem.   This past week, our colleagues at UICC and Jphiego co-hosted a critical dialogue on the need for convergent thinking to support cervical cancer elimination, and TogetHER hosted a webinar with representatives from Gavi,…

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Advocates call on Biden administration for U.S. leadership on cervical cancer elimination

January 19, 2021

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;…

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COVID-19 and cervical cancer – A pandemic’s impact and a global response

January 13, 2021

COVID-19 has presented efforts to prevent cervical cancer with major challenges – but also a number of opportunities. TogetHER and Cervical Cancer Action for Elimination have co-authored a blog post detailing COVID-19’s impact on cervical cancer prevention efforts around the world and highlighting ways in which programs are innovating to keep women protected. This post draws on the perspectives of leaders in global cervical cancer prevention who have taken part in our TogetHER Interviews, as well as the work of the HPV Prevention and Control Board. Many thanks to the NCD Alliance for hosting this exciting collaboration on their blog!

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Reflecting on 2020: The Year We Committed to Eliminating Cervical Cancer

December 21, 2020

For those of us working in global cervical cancer prevention/control, 2020 began as the year the world would set a course towards ending this disease, a remarkable milestone for the global cervical cancer community, and for the world. The emergence of COVID-19 changed the trajectory of our personal and professional lives this year, cutting a swath of both unpredictability and tragedy.   Despite the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption, we were still fortunate to witness history in the making on November 17th, when the World Health Organization approved its Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health…

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TogetHER Testimony at the 47th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting, December 18, 2020

December 21, 2020

TogetHER Executive Director Heather White was asked to provide comments at the 47th Meeting of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Programme Coordinating Board on Friday, December 18th. This critical gathering focused on reviewing progress in the development of UNAIDS’ forthcoming Global AIDS Strategy for 2021-2026.  The Programme Coordinating Board included a special thematic session: Cervical cancer and HIV: addressing linkages and common inequalities to save women’s lives. Dr. White’s comments are presented here in full. Thank you for the opportunity to address the delegation today, and for highlighting the fight against cervical cancer. My name is Dr.…

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Reflecting on World AIDS Day: The Importance of Cervical Cancer Prevention

November 30, 2020

Photo credit: UNAIDS Every year World AIDS Day offers a unique opportunity to reflect on progress in the battle against HIV and AIDS, as well as comorbidities – including cervical cancer. The emergence of COVID-19 has made 2020 a most exceptional year in almost all aspects of global health, including efforts to achieve UNAIDS’ 90-90-90 HIV treatment targets. Even more striking are recent data indicating that lockdowns associated with COVID-19 – necessary to slowing its spread – are also unfortunately associated with higher risk to the health and safety of girls and women, increasing domestic abuse, sexual assault and unwanted…

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The TogetHER Interview: Partha Basu, Head of the Screening Group, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

November 19, 2020

November 19, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Dr. Partha Basu, Head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s Screening Group. Headshot photo credit: IARC How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer…

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The TogetHER Interview: Ellen Starr, Executive Director, Grounds for Health

November 16, 2020

November 16, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Ellen Starr, Executive Director of Grounds for Health. Header and headshot photo credit: Grounds for Health How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? Grounds for Health works in cervical cancer prevention in coffee-growing regions around the world.…

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The TogetHER Interview: Mengistu Asnake Kibret, Country Director for Ethiopia, Pathfinder International

November 11, 2020

November 12, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Dr. Mengistu Asnake Kibret, Country Director for Ethiopia, Pathfinder International. Header photo credit: Ricardo Franco/Pathfinder International. Headshot photo credit: Pathfinder International. How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? As Pathfinder’s country director in Ethiopia, I will speak…

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The TogetHER Interview: Lois Quam, President & CEO of Pathfinder International

November 9, 2020

November 10, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Lois Quam, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pathfinder International. Header photo credit: Ricardo Franco/Pathfinder International. Headshot photo credit: Pathfinder International. How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? When the pandemic became our reality in March, and…

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Launching Cervical Cancer Elimination

November 9, 2020

Photo Credit: WHO Cervical cancer kills more than 300,000 women every year – equating to a death every two minutes. Yet, these deaths are not inevitable. We know how to combat this disease. Through effective population-based prevention measures, including widespread deployment of HPV vaccine and robust screening programs to detect and treat early disease, we will save lives. Urgent action – in the form of political will and resource mobilization – is needed to scale up the implementation of these proven cost-effective measures. In 2018, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), called for a series…

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The TogetHER Interview: Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President & CEO of PCI, a Global Communities Partner, and President of Global Communities

October 28, 2020

October 29, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Carrie Hessler-Radelet, President and CEO of PCI, a Global Communities Partner, and President of Global Communities. Header photo credit: Ashley Dittmar for PCI. Headshot photo credit: PCI How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? Unplanned program shifts…

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The TogetHER Interview: Karl Hofmann, Population Services International (PSI) President & CEO

October 26, 2020

October 27, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Karl Hofmann, President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). Header and headshot photo credit: PSI How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? Like everyone and every organization everywhere, COVID-19 has disrupted PSI’s work and the way…

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The TogetHER Interview: Prof. Groesbeck Parham, University of Zambia / University of North Carolina

October 19, 2020

October 21, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Prof. Groesbeck Parham,  Honorary Consultant at the University of Zambia and professor of gynecologic oncology in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill . Header photo credit: Friends of Africa, Inc. Headshot credit: University of…

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Jhpiego marks closure of successful PEPFAR/Botswana Ministry of Health Partnership

October 15, 2020

Congratulations to TogetHER member Jhpiego, who recently marked the closure of their successful partnership to screen women for cervical cancer and treat pre-cancerous lesions from 2015 through 2020, funded by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Botswana Ministry of Health & Wellness Deputy Permanent Secretary for Health Services Dr. Mareko Ramotsababa joined Jhpiego’s Acting Country Director Dr. Amon Marwiro and other senior staff of the Ministry of Health & Wellness (MOH) at a ceremony to celebrate the program’s exciting results. The MOH and Jhpiego trained 171 health…

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The TogetHER Interview: Dr. Kofi Effah, the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre in Catholic Hospital, Battor, Ghana

October 14, 2020

October 15, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features Dr. Kofi Effah, who heads the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre (CCPTC) in Catholic Hospital in Battor, Ghana. Header and headshot photo credit: CCPCTC How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? In 2020, we started strongly…

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The TogetHER Interview: Anielka Medina, Lily Project Executive Director

October 12, 2020

October 13, 2020 The impact of COVID-19 on global cervical cancer prevention efforts has been wide-ranging, with unclear long-term ramifications. Our new TogetHER Interview series provides an opportunity for key leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss current challenges and provide perspective on where the field needs to go from here. This installment of the TogetHER Interview series features The Lily Project’s Co-Founder and Executive Director, Anielka Medina. Header and headshot photo credit: The Lily Project How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? The short answer is it has impacted everyone and everything. Our teammates have…

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