The fight to eliminate cervical cancer is ultimately gaining momentum across the world through successful measures, including strong HPV vaccination campaigns, bringing hope to women who could face the non-communicable disease.
“With enhanced strategies to increase access to vaccination, screening and treatment, strong political and financial commitment from countries, and increased support from partners, we can realize our vision for eliminating cervical cancer,” states Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
This year marks the third Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action, an initiative dedicated to eliminating the disease through a resolution adopted by Member States. Governments and communities are committed to developing strategies to eradicate cervical cancer. Since the launch of the Global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem in 2021, 30 countries have introduced the HPV vaccine to their national immunization programs, bringing the total to 140 countries. Australia is on track to become one of the first countries to eliminate cervical cancer within the next ten years. England’s National Health Service has pledged to eradicate cervical cancer by 2040 in the United Kingdom. In Norway, there are no cases of cervical cancer caused by the human papillomavirus in 25-year-olds who were vaccinated as children through the country’s national vaccination program.