Past projects and achievements
We are happy with our success in the last eighteen months as we have been successful in working and developing relationships in the UK and areas listed below and are proud of our achievements. We also provide below a link to a story about a young lady who went for her first Pap Test in the last few weeks.
UK and the development the UK Cervical Cancer Checklist
Results of recent consumer surveys undertaken by our partner organisation ACCF, showed that 60% of women find Pap Tests embarrassing and awkward and over 37% have actually put off going for a Pap Test because they were uncomfortable, fearful or painful. We can’t allow women to die from embarrassment. So, UK Cervical Cancer has developed a new woman-focused “comfort checklist” for cervical screening to make the experience more comfortable and to let women know that they can put themselves in control of the process.
This checklist has been developed with by a panel of Consumers and Experts, including a Psychologist, Cervical Screening and Pap Nurses, General Practitioners, and Gynaecologists. We encourage women take charge of their own health, download the “Comfort Checklist”, and take a friend along with them for a 5 minute Pap Test which could save their life or your friend’s life.
Nepal and working with Partners
UK Cervical Cancer has begun partnering and supporting Cervical Cancer screening and treatment work in this Himalayan country of 30 million people with NACCF and ACCF who have screened over 5,000 Nepalese women in the past year. Most women in Nepal have never had cervical screening even once and many have never been seen by a doctor ever. We find that rates of cervical abnormalities at 20 times the rate they are found in the UK. Many lives can be saved for such a small amount of money, as little as the cost of a coffee and a bun in London. We support ACCF and NACCF in running community education and awareness programs in Nepal so that women are educated about the causes of Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer and how they can be prevented.
The work is done in NACCF’s Women’s Clinic, constructed by locals with ACCF support in the town of Banepa, one-hour east of Kathmandu, which is a base for the mobile vaccination and screening camps and also provides premises for
nurses and vaccinators to be trained. Board members of NACCF leading women doctors have now trained over 400 doctors and nurses to carry out VIA (Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid) which allows a sustainable single visit approach to screening and treatment of cervical abnormalities.
Sharing in Successes in The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
Magical Bhutan is also in the Himalayas and it uses their Gross National Happiness Index to measure success. Nothing makes Bhutan happier than having healthy girls and healthy women. Cervical Cancer is one of the biggest cancer killers of women in Bhutan and last year over 90% of eligible school girls receive HPV vaccination which will reduce their risk of cervical cancer by up to 90% UK Cervical Cancer is negotiating a partnership to work with ACCF of ACCF under
the patronage of Her Majesty, The Royal Grandmother of Bhutan who has had family members affected by Cervical Cancer. We will be helping continue the National Vaccination programme which received a special commendation for corporate responsibility at the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Awards in Hong Kong in 2011.
Future Working and Partnership in The Solomon Islands
The UK Cervical Cancer Chair and Trustee Mr Joe Tooma was invited by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services to attend the launch of the National HPV vaccination commenced in May 2019 with over 45,000 school girls to be vaccinated with Gardasil vaccine provided by GAVI and with collaboration of WHO and UNICEF. The Gardasil vaccine protects against HPV types 16 and 18 which cause 70% of cervical cancers. The same vaccine has been used successfully for Australian schoolgirls since 2007 and is currently in use in more than 120 countries in the world.
It is the aim of ACCF and UK Cervical Cancer to enter into a new MOU to help the Solomon Island Ministry of Health and Medical Services introduce HPV vaccination as a national programme over the next two years, as well as also intending to support awareness, screening and treatment programmes for the women of Solomon Islands in an effort to reduce the risk of Cervical Cancer.