Cervical Cancer Control in Latin America: A Call to Action

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Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death in Latin America, yet the disease is easily treatable if caught early. Uniting for Health Innovation (UfHI), formerly PAHO Foundation, is joining forces with Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru and Dr. Patricia Garcia, former Minister of Health of Peru and member of the American National Academy of Medicine, to reduce the number of women who die from cervical cancer in Peru and across Latin America. The issue is nearing crisis point and we need your help!

On May 19, 2018, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), released a call-to-action statement challenging countries globally to take action to end the suffering caused by cervical cancer because it is one of the most preventable and treatable forms of cancer. Uniting for Health Innovation accepts the challenge and we're inviting you to join us!

We endeavor to raise $175,000 to implement a new screening program for cervical cancer promoting cancer screening with self-collected vaginal samples using molecular Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing. The HOPE Project will promote cancer screening with self-collected vaginal samples using molecular Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing. In 2015, doctors diagnosed approximately 74,488 women with the disease and of this total, 31,303 women died of cervical cancer in Latin America in the same year. In Peru, one woman dies from cervical cancer every five hours. Research tells us that if diagnosed early, up to 90% of women will survive. The HOPE Project will target Peru with the goal of reducing the number of women contracting cervical cancer in the region to serve as a model for the rest of Latin America.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) causes almost all cervical cancer cases. Due to the lack of medical resources and knowledge in many of the communities, many women are not receiving proper treatment to detect HPV before the virus can progress causing cervical cancer. There are Pap smears available in public health clinics, but the quality of the services is poor, the distance to a clinic is far for some women, and some women simply do not know about these services provided to them.

The HOPE Project will accomplish the following: 

  • Supply vaginal self-detection kits to over 4,000 women in the first year;
  • Provide access to clinics for cancer screening and treatment;
  • Develop a cell phone texting program to connect women to treatment and follow-up care;
  • Train a group of women within the communities to carry out national health promotion activties and provide national resources for the women including referrals, a hotline, online access to test results, and other information about cervical cancer prevention.

With your help, we can stop the substantial number of deaths that The HOPE Project can easily change. 

Will you help us meet out fundraising goal? Even small contributions make a big difference!

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