If caught early, cervical cancer is highly treatable. Even better, with access to the HPV vaccine and regular cervical screening, it’s also highly avoidable. However, in most developing nations, cervical cancer still kills more women than any other kind of cancer.
At ACCF, we know things can be different.
We know that vaccinating a girl against HPV reduces her risk of dying from cervical cancer by up to 80% while screening a woman between 30 and 40 years of age, just once, reduces her risk of dying from cervical cancer by up to 40%.
That’s why we’ve made it our mission to ensure vaccinations, cervical screening and cancer treatment are available where women need it most. From Vanuatu to Vietnam, here’s where we’re working and what we’re doing to stop the spread of this deadly disease.
In partnership with Australians Helping Abroad and the Frazer Family Foundation, we’re facilitating the vaccination of 3000 girls and the screening of 5000 women each year. With the help of Dr Margaret McAdam, we’ve also been able to provide and install more than $45,000 worth of lab equipment to the Villa Central Hospital. Our combined efforts ensure pathology and histology are both accessible and timely, while diagnosis and treatment are available when they’re needed most.
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Through the Nepal Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (NACCF), we’ve been working with government and non-government organisations to facilitate community-based education and ensure access to vaccines free of charge. Thanks to this partnership, we’ve been able to vaccinate over 31,000 girls and screen and treat thousands of women for cervical cancer across Nepal.
But our work doesn’t stop there.
In combination with the Nepalese Ministry of Health and Population, we’re also working to implement a comprehensive cervical cancer strategy. Along with community education and awareness programs, it will include the screening of at least 50% of Nepalese women over the next 5 years. A staged National HPV Vaccination Program will also be rolled out with the support of the Global Alliance for Vaccine Immunization (GAVI).
We’ve also helped:
- Construct and fit out a women’s clinic in the town of Banepa, providing a base for mobile vaccination and screening camps and nurse and vaccinator training
- Train over 400 doctors and nurses to carry out Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA), enabling a sustainable single visit approach to the screening and treatment of cervical abnormalities and cancer.
Introduce Australian fundraisers and supporters to the wonders of Nepal, giving them a first-hand look at our lifesaving work on the annual ACCF Adventure Challenge.
The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan
Nothing makes Bhutan happier than having healthy girls and healthy women. So when approached by Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother of Bhutan to expand our work into Bhutan, we jumped at the chance.
Following the success of a vaccination pilot program in 2009, we’ve partnered with the Bhutan Ministry of Health and Merck to launch the first National HPV Vaccination Program in a developing country. Since then, we’ve helped facilitate the vaccination of almost 100,000 Bhutanese girls.
Thanks to our annual Adventure Challenge, you can see the magic of the Kingdom of Bhutan for yourself while getting an up-close and personal look at our work on the ground.
Since 2011, our work with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has enabled the vaccination of 3000 girls and the screening and treatment of hundreds of women across Kiribati. Our work has seen vaccines transported by canoe from island to island, along with the delivery of essential ongoing community education and awareness programs.
The Solomon Islands
Thanks to the support of GAVI, HPV vaccination in the Solomon Islands began in April 2015. The initial vaccination program provides vaccines to girls aged 9 to 12 years in the provinces of Honiara and Isabel, with plans to introduce a national program over the next 2 years. We continue to support awareness, screening and treatment programs across the Solomon Islands as part of our ultimate goal to eliminate cervical cancer in the developing world. ACCF’s support over many years has helped enable the launch of Solomon Islands National HPV Vaccination Program in May 2019.
Since 2011, we’ve been working with the Thai Binh Medical University, the Research Centre for Rural Population and Health and the Institute for Reproductive and Family Health to deliver screening, treatment and research programs across Vietnam. Our programs have been running in various regions, including the provinces of Thai Bin, Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh, and have recently been expanded to Can Tho and Hua Gaing. We hope to expand our reach in the future, providing screening and treatment for almost 10,000 women each year.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Filipino women die from cervical cancer at ten times the rate of Australian women. Our partnership with the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network (CECAP) and the Ministry of Health aims to change that.
Over the next 3 years, we will help provide screening and treatment for women affected by cervical cancer in the district of Catarman, an area heavily impacted by typhoons in recent years. The program began in October 2015 and has seen over 100 local health workers graduate from a week-long intensive training program. These upgraded skills have enabled them to deliver VIA Cervical Screening throughout the Northern Samar district.
2019 Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) Manila Summit: