Intensifying and promoting cervical cancer prevention in low-resource countries

Providing the best available prevention to women most at risk

Challenges

Cervical cancer kills a woman every two minutes. Nine out of ten women who die from the disease live in low- and middle-income countries where access to information about prevention is limited. Most cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.  Women living with HIV are at higher risk of developing cervical cancer faster when infected with HPV.

Early screening and treatment of precancerous lesions are essential to avert invasive cervical cancer, but high cost, slow integration into national guidelines and new national programs, along with lack of robust evidence for effective management of HPV, especially among women living with HIV, hinder the scale-up of preventive solutions.

Solutions

The three-year SUCCESS project will introduce and promote the best available screen-and-treat tools to prevent cancer in women most at risk, especially those living with HIV.

Led by Expertise France and in collaboration with Jhpiego and the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), SUCCESS will be implemented in Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guatemala and the Philippines.

SUCCESS will implement a cervical cancer control approach based on:

  • High-performance screening;
  • HPV testing and thermal ablation of precancerous lesions;
  • Increased awareness and information for communities.

SUCCESS stands for “Scale Up Cervical Cancer Elimination with Secondary prevention Strategy.”

“If we are to reach the 2030 global targets for cervical cancer elimination, we need urgently to expand early adoption of the optimal tools for secondary prevention of cervical cancer. The SUCCESS project is a step toward reducing the mortality and burden of cervical cancer for all women.”

Unitaid Programme Manager Smiljka de Lussigny

The impact we are seeking

The project is expected to catalyze the market for emerging cervical cancer screening products, help overcome barriers preventing their widespread use, and prepare for their scale-up in low-resource countries.

With its regional approach, SUCCESS will enable the four targeted countries and their neighbors to scale up services to reach women in need.

The project will help countries contribute to global targets on the elimination of cervical cancer.



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