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Deploying thermal ablation devices to expand access to treatment for cervical precancer

June 23, 2022

Cervical cancer can’t be eliminated if women can’t access prevention interventions that are effective, affordable, and context-appropriate. Thermal ablation devices provide an efficient, portable and cost-effective means to treat pre-cancerous lesions without the challenge of supplying compressed gas and transporting heavy gas cylinders. Unitaid and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) recently summarized the results of a two-year project to increase access to lifesaving treatment for cervical precancer in low- and middle-income countries.(LMICs). Another element of this collaboration brought UNICEF’s Supply Division to the table to negotiate favorable access prices for thermal ablation devices that enable significant savings for programs in LMICs. We’re excited to…

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Cervical Cancer Prevention: A Life-Course Approach to SRH

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022 Integrating cervical cancer services into broader sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programs increases those programs’ reach and efficiency – and saves lives. Effective SRH programs look beyond the window in which women are most likely to bear children, widening the perspective to adolescent health and the sexual health of women in their later years. Efforts to combat cervical cancer through effective prevention tools such as HPV vaccines and cervical screening and treatment can be instructive in understanding such a “life-course” approach to SRH.  The Knowledge SUCCESS project – coordinated by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and…

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Operation Wipe Out: Building a Path to the Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem in Alabama

March 31, 2022

April 5, 2022 Cervical cancer often strikes women in the primes of their lives, often while they are busy building a career, raising children and making valuable contributions to their communities. However, cervical cancer is preventable through vaccination against cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), periodic cervical screenings, and if necessary, treatment of cervical lesions before they can develop into cancer. If girls and women can access these interventions, we can end cervical cancer as a threat to women’s health. The state of Alabama bears the highest cervical cancer death rate in the United States. The incidence rate of…

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The Current Challenges and Future Impact of HPV Testing in Cervical Cancer Elimination Programmes in Africa

March 3, 2022

The market research firm Frost & Sullivan organized three virtual think tanks in 2021 discussing the status of HPV testing in cervical cancer prevention programs in Africa and exploring their long-term implications. TogetHER’s Heather White was asked to participate in this process, along with experts from KILELE Heath Association (Kenya), the University of Edinburgh, TogetHER member Jhpiego, the Zambian Cancer Society, the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine, and Abbott Labs.  The resulting summary highlights the need for country leadership for cervical cancer elimination, enhanced visibility for cervical cancer, and a strengthened patient pathway to encourage women to seek out improved services,…

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TogetHER’s 2021 Year in Review

February 15, 2022

February 16, 2022 For all of us partnering to make the elimination of cervical cancer a reality, 2021 was the year that vision took shape following the launch of the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer by the World Health Organization in November of 2020. For TogetHER, 2021 was a year of action to drive progress to fulfill the WHO global elimination strategy, from the development and launch of an innovative cervical health advocacy campaign borne from our collaboration with Scope Impact in Kenya, to the launch of an exciting new round of funding through our Cervical…

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Raising Awareness: TogetHER on Eliminating Cervical Cancer Worldwide

February 14, 2022

The article below is reposted with permission from the sexual health website Giddy, who spoke to TogetHER for Health’s Executive Director Heather White about funding global access to resources. For more information on a wide spectrum of sexual health topics – including a great compilation of cervical cancer content – you can sign up for a free account on the Giddy website at www.getmegiddy.com. Written by Alisa Williams for Giddy The nonprofit organization TogetHER for Health is dedicated to increasing understanding of the disease and access to resources that will help eliminate cervical cancer around the world. In this exclusive…

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Co-Founder Kathy Vizas and the Project That Helped Get Us TogetHER

January 25, 2022

TogetHER for Health emerged from the passionate commitment of Kathy Vizas, our Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, who recognized that a critical lack of awareness and a dearth of resources for global cervical cancer prevention puts millions of women’s lives at unnecessary risk. That commitment itself was ignited through Kathy’s membership of PSI’s Maverick Collective, which connected her to a cervical cancer prevention project implemented by PSI India. That project is spotlighted in depth in the newest edition of Maverick Collective’s online publication ISSUE. Watch a conversation about the project and read more from Kathy’s perspective about what inspired her to…

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Transforming Awareness into Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination

January 25, 2022

January 24, 2022 January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the impact cervical cancer has on women, families, and communities around the world. Our organizations – Cervical Cancer Action for Elimination and TogetHER for Health – are committed to driving awareness of the lives affected by this preventable disease, and the opportunities to change those stories. In 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) outlined a plan to eliminate cervical cancer. This is an unprecedented opportunity: the first-ever chance to globally eliminate a cancer. To put all countries on the path towards elimination, the following targets have…

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Announcing the Recipients of TogetHER’s 2021-2022 Cervical Cancer Grants Program

December 15, 2021

16 December, 2021 The world has the means to prevent – and actually eliminate – cervical cancer forever. Effective vaccines that prevent cervical cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV) have been in wide circulation for over a decade, and methods for the screening and treatment of cervical precancer are affordable, scalable, and increasingly more accurate and less invasive.   Unfortunately for many women in low-resource settings, access to these lifesaving interventions remains a significant – and life-threatening – challenge. Over 600,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2020, and almost 342,000 women needlessly lost their lives to the…

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World AIDS Day 2021

November 30, 2021

December 1, 2021 Today is World AIDS Day, a day to commemorate those lost to this disease, to recognize the continuing struggle to scale up lifesaving treatments for all, and to reaffirm commitments to expanding access to prevention strategies to end HIV/AIDS as a global health threat. HIV/AIDS has especially ravaged Sub-Saharan Africa, where two out of every three people living with HIV reside. HIV/AIDS disproportionately impacts women and girls, who account for more than half the number of people living with HIV worldwide. Efforts to sustain the health of these women and girls living with HIV must also stave…

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TogetHER for Health releases annual report on cervical cancer prevention funding in low- and lower middle-income countries

November 17, 2021

Effective, low-cost tools to prevent and treat cervical cancer are available today, with new tools to save even more women just steps from being deployed. Despite this, resources for cervical cancer prevention, screening, and treatment remain insufficient to change the trajectory of this global epidemic. Better data on current investments in cervical cancer programs in low-income countries (LICs) and lower middle-income countries (LMICs) can inform decision-makers and provide a basis for advocacy for increased financial and political support. TogetHER’s newest summary of this funding – Investing in Global Cervical Cancer Prevention: Resources for Low-Income and Lower Middle-Income Countries in 2020…

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One Year Toward Cervical Cancer Elimination

November 16, 2021

In 2020 alone – one year – over 600,00 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and almost 342,000 women died of the disease. Cervical cancer has been undermining the health and lives of women and tragically disrupting families and entire communities for the entirety of human history. In that context, one year can seem like a tiny star in a vast night sky. Just as you often can’t get a sense of a star’s size or gravity with the naked eye, you can’t always measure a year’s significance in isolation. Recent decades have witnessed the introduction of critical advances in…

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The TogetHER Interview Revisited: Anielka Medina, Lily Project Executive Director

October 26, 2021

November 2, 2021 In the months following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TogetHER reached out to leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss challenges and provide their perspectives on COVID-19’s immediate impact on programs to safeguard women’s health in low-resource settings. The full set of interviews represents a wide breadth of voices, from global multilaterals to community-based efforts. The pandemic and the world’s response have evolved in the past year, from the release and inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, to the emergence of the Delta variant, to a number of rolling regional outbreaks. The past year has also…

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The TogetHER Interview Revisited: Elizabeth Mbuthia, Co-Founding Member of Women 4 Cancer

October 18, 2021

October 20, 2021 In the months following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TogetHER reached out to leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss challenges and provide their perspectives on COVID-19’s immediate impact on programs to safeguard women’s health in low-resource settings. The full set of interviews represents a wide breadth of voices, from global multilaterals to community-based efforts. The pandemic and the world’s response have evolved in the past year, from the release and inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, to the emergence of the Delta variant, to a number of rolling regional outbreaks. The past year has also…

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

October 12, 2021

October 13, 2021 In the months following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, TogetHER reached out to leaders in global cervical cancer control to discuss challenges and provide their perspectives on COVID-19’s immediate impact on programs to safeguard women’s health in low-resource settings. The full set of interviews represents a wide breadth of voices, from global multilaterals to community-based efforts. The pandemic and the world’s response have evolved in the past year, from the release and inequitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, to the emergence of the Delta variant, to a number of rolling regional outbreaks. The past year…

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Answers to questions regarding TogetHER’s Cervical Cancer Grants Program 2021 funding round

October 11, 2021

October 11, 2021 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. Questions regarding the application process and the Request for Proposals could be…

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TogetHER announces new funding opportunity through Cervical Cancer Grants Program

September 29, 2021

September 30, 2021 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. TogetHER is pleased to announce the launch of a new Request for Application, seeking proposals for our Cervical Cancer Grants Program. 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…

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It’s time for global cervical cancer funders to prioritize HPV testing.

August 24, 2021

August 25, 2021 The world has a new blueprint to save millions of women – including many women living with HIV – from dying of cervical cancer. How long must women around the world wait to see that promise fulfilled? Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) published updated guidelines for screening and treatment of pre-cancer lesions for cervical cancer prevention, providing a clear mandate and scientific rationale for global adoption of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the recommended screening method for women worldwide. To put it more simply, it’s a plan for a smarter, faster, and more effective end…

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Let’s seize the opportunity to modernize cervical cancer prevention.

July 27, 2021

Earlier this month, the World Health Organization (WHO) released updated global guidelines on the screening and treatment of pre-cancer lesions for cervical cancer prevention, following last year’s launch of its ambitious global strategy to eliminate this disease. The guidelines – created through a consultative process involving experts, advocates, and communities – emphasize testing for cervical cancer-causing strains of the human papillomavirus (HPV), in lieu of screening through cytology (Pap smears) or visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), for all women worldwide. TogetHER for Health enthusiastically supports this critical evolution in cervical cancer prevention. The updated guidelines provide a clear mandate and scientific rationale…

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Conquering Cancer: Turning the cervical cancer elimination dream into a reality

June 22, 2021

TogetHER is excited to present this guest blog by Moonshine Agency’s Sue Collins and Kristina Roach. On a mission to help change the the lives millions of women around the globe, a team of filmmakers set out to capture the most incredible health story of our time.  The story of conquering cervical cancer. Cervical cancer continues to kill more than 300,000 women every year, but it no longer has to be this way. Prevention is possible and cervical cancer can be eliminated. If the tools that prevent cervical cancer an be leveraged, it’s estimated that the lives of 62 million…

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