Report : Third Roundtable on
“Cervical cancer: An NCD we can overcome”


Cervical cancer incidence and mortality globally is a representation of the global inequal access to health and health services.

• Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women globally,
• 528,000 new cases and 266,000 deaths in 2012,
• nearly 90% of these deaths were in low- and middle-income countries (LMCs),
• Women in greatest needs, without education, often affected by gender’s disparities and women in rural areas
• However cervical cancer is preventable and there are proven strategies through the care continuum from HPV vaccination to screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions, early detection and prompt treatment of early invasive cancers to palliative care for late stage disease.
• Those interventions are embedded in the targets and indicators of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020
• They are e supported by cost-effectiveness recommendations and WHO technical guidance. , These tools offer the potential to eliminate cervical cancer as a publihealth problem.


Cervical cancer incidence and mortality globally is a representation of the global inequal access to health and health services.

==> Recognizing the urgency for implementation, WHO Director General, made a global call for action towards the elimination of cervical cancer at the World Health Assembly during the third roundtable of GHO, on May 19, in May 2018.

==> The elimination of cervical cancer is also a priority under the Thirteenth WHO General Programme of Work. Working towards elimination will contribute to the reduction of premature mortality due to non-communicable diseases (SDG 3.4) as well as the realization of universal health coverage (SDG 3.8). It will also contribute to fulfilment of SDG 5 on achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls.

Over the last months and building on years of normative guidance on cervical cancer, WHO has been working with partners to develop a global strategy and supporting tools towards elimination of cervical cancer.

Dr Tedros’s speech can be found at

Global Stakeholder Consultation WHO, Geneva
the Elimination of Cervical Cancer Initiative
4-5 September 2018

A Stakeholder Consultation has been organized on September 4 and 5, to build on this momentum with the participation of Ministries of Health, UN agencies, development partners, and implementing agencies.
A global strategy has been presented as a base for further discussions, including next steps towards elimination and formulation of an implementation plan for the global strategy. Specific objectives were:

o To share the proposed definition of elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem
o To share and agree on proposed intermediate goals, targets and indicators towards the goal of elimination
o To present and agree the key elements of the strategy
o To discuss and agree how the strategy will be operationalized;
o To discuss and agree how to ensure coordinated action at the country, regional and global levels. Expected outcomes
o Provide input on the emerging global strategy based on your experience and insights
o Share best practices among implementing partners
o Understand how your organization can get involved

A World Free of Cervical Cancer National perspectives
in response to a bold call to action
Monday September 24th, 2018

New York City, United Nations, 13:15 – 14:30, UN Summit on NCDs
Participants are invited to join an interactive session to discuss national progress to date and commitments to the elimination challenge with Heads of States, First ladies, Heads of UN Agencies and Civil Society from the child and women’s health, cancer and HIV-AIDs communities.

Confirmed speakers include:
• His Excellency President Edgar Lungu, President of Zambia
• His Excellency President Roch Marc Kaboré, President of Burkina Faso
• Her Excellency Madame Neo Masisi, The First Lady of Botswana
• Her Excellency Madame Hinda Deby Itno, First Lady of Chad
• His Excellency Professor Isaac Adewohle, Minister of Health of Nigeria
• Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health of Australia
• Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Permanent Secretary of Public Health, Thailand
• HRH Princess Dina Mired, President-elect, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
• Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization

New-York Summit

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