ACCF’s Achievements and Future Plans

ACCF is a small organisation with a very big heart and bigger vision: to eliminate cervical cancer both in Australia and in neighbouring developing countries. Our goal is achievable – with the help of supporters and dedicated staff and volunteers.

Here is just a snapshot of what ACCF has achieved in just 5 years (2008-2013):

Australia

ACCF staff and volunteers have presented the Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools (CCAPS) to almost 50 schools nationwide and also to many community groups in order to raise awareness about cervical cancer and how it can be prevented.

ACCF supports many women and their families who have been affected by cervical cancer by giving information, support and help as needed.

Through our Real Life Challenge Program and our VolunTOURing Program, ACCF takes a number of school groups and groups of travellers on trips to Nepal and Bhutan to see our overseas work firsthand.

ACCF launched the Get the Pap Text initiative, where women can sign up to receive their Pap test reminder by SMS.

In November 2012, ACCF launched the first National Cervical Cancer Awareness Day.

ACCF has undertaken many PR and Media opportunities to increase awareness of and prevention of HPV and cervical cancer to the Australian public.

 

Overseas

Total number of girls vaccinated in developing countries since 2008 = 100,000+

Where we work

Nepal (population ~ 30 million)

Since 2008 ACCF has vaccinated over 31,000 girls in Nepal and screened and treated thousands of women. ACCF has also established the Nepal Australia Cervical Cancer Foundation (NACCF) in Kathmandu which stands as an ongoing clinic to treat women’s health issues.

Bhutan (population ~ 685,000)

Since 2009, ACCF has facilitated the vaccination of almost 70,000 Bhutanese girls. ACCF launched a vaccination pilot program with the support of AXIOS in 2009 and following the success of this, ACCF with our partners the Bhutan Ministry of Health and Merck launched the first National HPV Vaccination Program in a developing country in 2010. This program was made possible with the support of Her Majesty The Royal Grandmother and received a special commendation for corporate responsibility at the Public Affairs Asia Gold Standard Awards in Hong Kong in 2011.

Kiribati (population ~ 100,000)

Since 2011 ACCF has facilitated the vaccination of about 3000 girls as well as facilitated the screening and treatment of women from Kiribati. ACCF is also facilitating community education and awareness programs to educate the community on cervical cancer and its prevention.

The Solomon Islands (population ~ 800,000)

In the Solomon Islands ACCF has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and has been working towards commencing a national HPV Vaccination Program which will commence in 2015.

Vietnam (population ~ 90 million)

Since 2011, ACCF has been facilitating screening, treatment and research programs in Vietnam with the cooperation of our partners the Thai Binh Medical University, the Research Centre for Rural Population and Health, and the Institute for Reproductive and Family Health. These programs have been running in various regions including Thai Bin Province, Vinh Phuc Province, Hoa Binh Province and most recently in Can Tho in the south of Vietnam. ACCF is doing awareness programs as well as screening programs for thousands of women.

This is just the beginning, ACCF has a big heart and a big vision. Here is a snapshot of our future plans:

Australia Future Plans:

 From 2014, ACCF plans to expand our work in Australia in the following ways:

  • Take our Cervical Cancer Awareness Program for Schools to at least 100 schools a year across Australia
  • Present to at least 50 Community Groups a year across Australia
  • Set up a more comprehensive Support Program for women and families affected by cervical cancer
  • Establish an Indigenous Awareness Program in order to help create awareness amongst Indigenous communities about cervical cancer and how it can be prevented.

If you would like to help support our programs in Australia then please donate.

Nepal Future Plans:

From 2014, ACCF plans to expand the Program in Nepal in the following ways:

  • Increase the number of screening and treatment camps held
  • Continue the vaccination program of girls
  • Assist the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population to be able to implement its comprehensive Cervical Cancer Strategy including screening of at least 50% of women in Nepal over the next 5 years. ACCF will also support the
  • Ministry in its preparations for an eventual rollout of a staged National HPV Vaccination Program with the support of the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI).
  • Facilitation of Cervical Cancer Education and Awareness Programs
  • Complete the construction of and fit-out of the NACCF Women’s Clinic in Banepa near Kathmandu

Bhutan Future Plans:

From 2014, ACCF plans to expand the Program in Bhutan in the following ways:

  • Continue to vaccinate about 7000 girls every year (all 12 year olds)
  • During the period 2010-2015 of The National Vaccination Program will distribute approximately 300,000 doses of Gardasil with a retail value in Australia of around  $40 million will be available to all eligible 12-18 year old girls
  • Facilitate a variety of local and national PR and awareness programs in Bhutan to publicise the vaccination programs
  • Assist in the development of cervical cancer screening camps and also assist in targeted cervical cancer education in girls’ schools.

Kiribati Future Plans:

From 2014, ACCF plans to expand the Program in Kiribati in the following ways:

We will be seeking funding and support to continue a vaccination program for up to 1500 girls per year. ACCF will be supporting awareness, screening and treatment programs with the Ministry of Health also through the Kiribati Family Health Association.

Solomon Islands Future Plans:

HPV vaccination will commence in 2015 with the support of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, which will be providing over SBD $8 million worth of Gardasil vaccine. The Gardasil vaccine protects against HPV types 16 and 18 which cause approximately 70% of cancers. Gardasil is the same vaccine that has been used successfully for Australian school girls since 2007 and also is currently in use in more than 120 countries in the world. The vaccine has been available in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati and is also expected to be made available in Papua New Guinea in 2015. The World Health Organisation says that more than 175 million doses of HPV vaccine have been provided for girls and young women throughout the world and it has proven to be effective and safe. Because the vaccine is still very expensive, the program will initially be made available for girls aged 9-12 years as recommended by WHO. The first provinces to take part will be: Honiara and Isabel. ACCF’s aim over the next year or two is to help the Solomon Island Ministry of Health and Medical Services introduce HPV vaccination as a national program. ACCF is also intending to support awareness, screening and treatment programs for the women of Solomon Islands.

Vietnam Future Plans:

From 2014, ACCF plans to expand the Program in Vietnam in the following ways:

ACCF will be rolling out the second phase of the awareness, screening and treatment Programs and will continue to roll this out in  Vinh Phuc Province, Hoa Binh Province and in Can Tho Province in the south of Vietnam for a total of about 5000 women each year.

Vanuatu Future Plans:

From 2014, ACCF plans to expand the Program in Vanuatu in the following ways:

To support the vaccination of 3000 girls annually and to help facilitate a trial of Qaigen HPV Testing for 5000 women each year.

It costs ACCF just $20 to screen and treat a woman for cervical cancer in a developing country and only about $50 to fully vaccinate a girl in a developing country. If you would like to support our work in saving lives overseas, then please click here or to learn more about our work in these countries please click here.

In all of ACCF’s overseas Programs, ACCF gratefully acknowledges the support of Merck & Co. Inc (USA) and Axios International (France) in being able to make these Programs possible.

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