Cervical cancer: An NCD we can overcome

Sunday, 19th May, 14:00-18:00 | Hotel Starling, Geneva


One year after the WHO D.G. Dr. Tedros’s Call to Action to eliminate cervical cancer, where are we today?

About this Year’s Roundtable

This event will update participants on WHO’s strategy to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health threat, and the plan to approve this strategy. National and international leaders will share their work to develop strategic approaches to bring cervical cancer programs to scale.

Roundtable 2019 Schedule

Sunday, 19th May

Doors open, registration and coffee

4th roundtable: Objectives of the day: Therese Lethu, GHO

14h15 – 15h40
Session I

Dr Nothemba Simelela, WHO
The path to cervical cancer elimination

Opening remarks:

  • Princess Dina Mired, President, UICC, Union for International Cancer Control
  • Hon. Stéphanie Seydoux, Ambassador for Global Health, France

Introduction Keynote:
 Dr. Nothemba Simelela, WHO Special Advisor to DG
Welcome and overview of the vision, mission and accelerators towards elimination of cervical cancer

Reflections from other panels before opening up to discussion from the audience. 

Pr. Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, Australian Department of Health
Australia’s work on cervical cancer elimination, lessons learned

Dr. Shannon Hader, Deputy Director, UNAIDS
Coinfections and comorbidities: opportunities for accelerating elimination of cervical cancer

Dr. Sharon Kapambwe, Deputy Director, Cancer Control, Ministry of Health, Zambia.
Best practices and lessons learned from the field

16h00 – 17h15
Session II

Women’s health and cervical cancer
Panel discussion

Jenifer Healy, Deputy Chief of Staff, USAID
Dr Badu Sarkodie, Director of Public Health, Ghana Health Service, Ghana
Dr. Jeanne Conry, FIGO (International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics)
Kelly McCrystal, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Robert Matiru, UNITAID
Karl Hofmann, Population Services International
Viviana Mangiaterra, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
Murtala Mai, Pathfinder International
Opportunity for questions and answers with the panelists

17h15 -18 h00
Session III

Towards Elimination: The way forward


Pr. Alfred Madigele, Minister of Health and Wellness of Botswana

Minister Madigele, – who is very knowledgeable and passionate about women’s health – will share his experience as a minister responsible for driving the elimination process of cervical cancer and, as a gynecologist committed to reinforce women’s health as a major component of his public health policy.

Moderators will include Celina Schocken, Therese Lethu, Andreas Ullrich, Visiting Scientist, University of Medicine, Charite, Berlin

Feed back from the first regional consultation on cervical cancer elimination organized by the regional office of WHO for Africa.

Discussion on priorities, challenges and lessons learned

Closing remarks:

Pr Patrick Petignat, Medecin Chef de Service, Gynecologie, Hôpital Universitaire de Geneve,

Therese Lethu, GHO

Networking cocktail

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1218 Le Grand Saconnex


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