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The TogetHER Interview: Dr. Leslie Mancuso, Jhpiego President & CEO

September 21, 2020

-September 22, 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. The first installment in our TogetHER Interview series features Jhpiego President & CEO Leslie Mancuso, who spoke to us during the 2020 UN General Assembly. How have you and your organization been impacted by and adapted to COVID-19? Nine months into the pandemic, COVID-19 touches Jhpiego’s work in…

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Nurses Lead the Introduction of New Cervical Cancer Prevention Tools in Botswana

September 15, 2020

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women in Botswana, and is the most common cause of cancer death in the small nation of 2.3 million people, regardless of gender. Women in Botswana face multiple barriers to cervical cancer prevention despite important efforts to provide universal access to cervical cancer screening and to scale up vaccination against HPV. TogetHER member Jhpiego has been working closely with Botswana’s influential network of nurses to test new and more acceptable forms of cervical cancer screening and treatment. TogetHER’s newest case study describes how garnering the perspectives of women has guided the assessment…

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MoviCancer: Bringing Thermal Ablation for Cervical Cancer Prevention to Nicaragua

August 16, 2020

The MoviCancer Foundation is working to expand the capacity of health workers in Nicaragua to prevent and treat cervical cancer using a WHO-approved method for pre-cancer treatment known as thermal ablation. Portable, battery-powered thermal ablation devices now offer health workers the chance to treat women immediately following their clinical exam, without the need for electricity or gas.  MoviCancer’s thermal ablation efforts are supported, in part, through TogetHER’s Cervical Cancer Grants Program, which provides 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.​

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The Beginning of the End: A Strategy to Eliminate Cervical Cancer

August 12, 2020

This past week, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) officially adopted the WHO Global  Strategy Towards Elimination of Cervical Cancer as a Public Health Problem, as presented in May 2020 at the 73rd World Health Assembly. The adoption of the Strategy represents a major milestone for the global cervical cancer community, and one that gives national, regional and global stakeholders a common goal, with specific 10-year targets for vaccination, screening and treatment. Based on WHO models, if countries are able to vaccinate 90% of girls against human papillomavirus (HPV) by age 15, screen 70% of all women for…

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Why Cervical Cancer Advocacy Is More Important Than Ever

July 14, 2020

July 14, 2020 First, I would like to acknowledge the vision and tireless efforts of Celina Schocken, co-founder of TogetHER, who along with Kathy Vizas, launched this organization in 2017. In only a few short years, TogetHER has become a trusted partner committed to championing global cervical cancer prevention. It is a testament to Celina’s hard work and determination to have brought this organization so far, in such a short period. We’re fortunate to have Celina and Kathy continuing to guide TogetHER in advisory roles. On behalf of the TogetHER team, and our partners, thank you!  As of July 1st,…

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Human Rights Watch: Young People, Sexual Health Education, and HPV in Alabama

July 14, 2020

Human Rights Watch explores the connection between poor HPV vaccination coverage and inadequate access to sexual health education with Alabama’s disproportionately high cervical cancer rates. Read more here and watch the accompanying video below. Human Rights Watch. US: Alabama Missing Ways to Improve Young People’s Health. © 2020 by Human Rights Watch

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Scaling Up Cervical Cancer Screening in India

June 30, 2020

Over 70,000 women die of cervical cancer in India every year, more than any other country in the world. A lack of access to critical cervical cancer screening services puts an untold number of Indian women at risk. As part of the Under-Told Stories project, the PBS NewsHour profiled a program by TogetHER’s member organization PSI to break down barriers to cervical cancer screening and treatment in India.

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The Lily Project: Building a Woman-Focused Community Health Response in Nicaragua

June 26, 2020

Cervical cancer kills more Nicaraguan women than any other cancer. A lack of available resources to prevent and treat cervical cancer in Nicaragua is compounded by inadequate education regarding women’s health. Issues of stigma and machismo present further barriers that can make a woman’s decision to be screened for cervical cancer even more difficult. In our newest case study, TogetHER is proud to highlight one group taking the fight against cervical cancer to rural Nicaragua. The Lily Project’s mobile clinics bring critical women’s healthcare with a patient-centered approach to rural Nicaraguan women, who otherwise would have little to no access…

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New Partnership to Bolster Global Supply of HPV Vaccines Will Save 1.4 Million Women from Cervical Cancer

June 15, 2020

TogetHER joins the global health community in praising a joint collaboration between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, UNICEF, and a global cadre of vaccine manufacturers to ensure that 84 million girls will be immunized in the next five years against human papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of cervical cancer. The new supply partnership is a component of a UNICEF-led tender, and was announced at Gavi’s recent replenishment event held in the United Kingdom. Vaccine industry partners include GSK and MSD – the two current manufacturers of HPV vaccines – as well as the Serum Institute of India and the…

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World Health Organization Releases Technical Guidance for Screening and Treatment of Precancerous Cervical Lesions

May 19, 2020

WHO has published new guidance to facilitate access to essential medical devices for screening, diagnosis and treatment for precancerous lesions. The guidelines are available here. The purpose of the WHO technical specifications for the screening and treatment of precancerous lesions is to provide the requirements for procuring high quality and appropriate  products for various screening procedures (VIA, HPV diagnostics, and colposcopy) as well as preventive treatment procedures (thermal ablation, cryotherapy, and LEEP/LLETZ). We’re pleased to see guidance published that incorporates a broader range of screen and treat options.   

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Maintaining Essential Cervical Cancer & Sexual and Reproductive Health Services During the COVID-19 Crisis: A Call to Action

May 18, 2020

In many countries, the COVID-19 crisis is now limiting access to essential health services for girls and women. TogetHER for Health, along with our global partners and other supporters, share our global Call to Action to maintain essential sexual and reproductive health services, including cervical cancer prevention and treatment services, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We look forward to working with Ministries of Health and other partners to ensure cervical cancer and SRH services emerge from this pandemic in tact and stronger than before. If your organization would like to sign on, please do so via this form.

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#COVIDcervixchat – Highlights from Our April 28 Twitter Chat

May 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including cervical cancer (cxca) prevention, are delivered. Program planners and healthcare workers must work to update and innovate in the delivery of these services if they are to be sustained during the pandemic. On Tuesday, April 28th, TogetHER for Health hosted a twitter chat to bring our community together to discuss the implications of COVID-19 on our work, and the steps we can take today to protect women’s lives. We were joined by voices from across the globe, including a great group of expert voices including:…

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Integrating Cervical Cancer Prevention into Comprehensive Women’s Health Care – TogetHER in Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog

April 29, 2020

April 29, 2020 – This article from TogetHER Executive Director Celina Schocken originally appeared in the Wilson Center’s New Security Beat blog. Cervical cancer affects 570,000 women a year and kills 311,000. Nine in 10 (88 percent) of the deaths occur in developing countries. This cancer is caused by a common sexually transmitted infection, human papilloma virus (HPV), but is also considered a non-communicable disease (NCD) because of the slower way it presents. Yet, the disease is one of the most preventable and treatable cancers, and cost-effective solutions exist to prevent the disease. Given strong overlaps between HIV and reproductive health,…

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COVID-19 and Beyond: Maintaining a Focus on Cervical Cancer and SRH

April 7, 2020

We have a responsibility to the women we serve to ensure the steps we are all taking against the coronavirus pandemic do not thwart our goals of improving women’s health in the long term.

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The New Yorker: A Preventable Cancer Is On The Rise In Alabama

March 30, 2020

The April 6, 2020 issue of The New Yorker included a piece on cervical cancer among women in the U.S. state of Alabama.

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I Am Generation Equality

March 8, 2020

Julia Lourie and Kathy Vizas are advocates for and investors in cervical cancer prevention programs in low- and middle-income countries.
Learn why they invite others to join them in being members of Generation Equality for cervical cancer on International Women’s Day 2020.

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Advancing Universal Health Coverage through Cervical Cancer Prevention & Family Planning Integration: A Call to Action

March 5, 2020

TogetHER for Health joined with other leading global health organizations to issue a Call to Action outlining steps that the global community must take to advance integration of cervical cancer and family planning services.

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Lakshmi was successfully treated for cervical precancerous

Faces, Not Numbers

January 27, 2020

Too often, stories about cervical cancer are dominated by numbers. What’s often lost is the women behind these numbers.

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Savitha with her daughter Sanjna. They jointly made an informed decision for Sanjna to receive the HPV vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

Savitha and Sanjna: Making An Informed Choice

January 24, 2020

Savitha Mallapa lives with her family in Bengaluru city. She’s an entrepreneur and a mother to two teenagers who keep her busy. Like any mother she worries about her children and wants to take every opportunity to protect them from harm. So when Savitha heard that an HPV vaccine might protect her daughter from future cancer, she wanted to know more about it.

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Sangeeta Gupta is a cervical cancer survivor. Since her own fight against cancer, she encourages HPV vaccination for adolescent girls and cervical cancer screening among adult women.

Sangeeta: Survivor to Advocate

January 24, 2020

Sangeeta’s advice to all women is to be advocates for their own health. She educates those around her about the screening tests for cervical cancer and about the HPV vaccine. Sangeeta is not just a survivor of cervical cancer – she is a powerful advocate.

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