Success Stories

Cervical Cancer Prevention

Death from cervical cancer is seven times higher in Latin America and the Caribbean than it is in the United States, especially among marginalized populations. One reason for such disparity is that too many communities have limited to no access to public health services.

All too often reproductive health professionals see women when it is too late, too costly, and too painful.

Early screening and early detection are needed to prevent cervical cancer and therefore leading to a sustainable reduction in cervical cancer. Health facilities need to be gender friendly, help women to overcome barriers both within their families and communities, and reduce the number of steps in the process of cervical cancer treatment. Selective Monitoring potentially reduces costs by avoiding unnecessary screening of low risk women, but preserving high population coverage for follow up patients, therefore making it more appropriate to Guarani aboriginal communities with limited access to public health services.

PAHEF is helping to address the cervical cancer issue in the region, and supports

•Pan American Health Organization's participation in the Global Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention in Peru.

•the Implementation of the Selective Monitoring Scheme for cervical cancer prevention and detection in Guarani aboriginal communities from the central region of Misiones, Argentina project of the National University of Misiones in Posadas.

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