Past projects and achievements
Over the last eighteen months we have been successfully developing relationships in the UK and overseas to further the mission of UK Cervical Cancer. Some of our notable achievements include:
UK and the development the UK Cervical Cancer Checklist
Results of recent consumer surveys undertaken by our partner organisation Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF), showed that 60% of women find Cervical Screening Tests embarrassing and awkward and over 37% have actually put off going for their cervical screening 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 Nurse, General Practitioners, and Gynaecologists. We encourage women to take charge of their own health by downloading the Comfort Checklist today.
Nepal and working with Partners
UK Cervical Cancer has begun partnering and supporting cervical cancer screening and treatment work in Nepal alongside the Nepal Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (NACCF) and Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (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, and the rates of cervical abnormalities are 20 times more than here 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 further 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 how it can be prevented. This important work is done in NACCF’s Women’s Clinic located in Banepa, one hour east of Kathmandu. Banepa is used as a base for mobile vaccination and screening camps. It also provides a space for nurses and health professionals to be trained in this type of work. As a result we have now helped to train 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
The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan uses a Gross National Happiness Index to measure success, and nothing makes Bhutan happier than having healthy girls and healthy women. Cervical cancer is one of the biggest cancer killers of women in Bhutan. Last year over 90% of eligible school girls received the HPV vaccination which will reduce their risk of dying from cervical cancer by up to 80%.
UK Cervical Cancer is negotiating a partnership to work with ACCF in Bhutan under the patronage of Her Majesty, The Royal Grandmother of Bhutan, who has been involved in the success of the vaccination program after seeing the devastating impacts of cervical cancer. UK Cervical Cancer 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 Program which commenced in May 2019. Around 40,000 school girls were vaccinated in the first year with an estimated 8,000 new girls added every year after that.
It is the aim of UK Cervical Cancer to assist ACCF in the next project in the Solomon Islands which is to commence cervical screening using HPV testing. Though this has been temporarily delayed by COVID-19, plans are still going ahead for mid 2021.