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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) has received a $1.4 million grant from the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundationto support cervical cancer prevention efforts of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization in Peru, which has a high incidence of cervical cancer.

PAHO is one of five international agencies of the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention, working together to prevent cervical cancer in developing countries.

This grant will build on the good work accomplished to date in a low-resource setting in the remote Amazonia region of Peru where PAHO established a demonstration project to evaluate alternative screening and treatment methods for cervical cancer prevention. Specifically it will support continuation of the project to evaluate the population effectiveness of the low cost cervical cancer screening technology called the Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) test.

Dr. Stephen Corber, Area Manager, Disease Prevention and Control, points out the importance of this project. “VIA is a promising screening test for cervical cancer prevention programs in low-resource settings. Longitudinal data are needed to understand the effectiveness of VIA to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer and the number of deaths caused by cervical cancer.”

PAHEF Executive Director, Ms. Jess Gersky, adds that “The findings of this study will contribute to the base of evidence on the effects of this screening method and thus to its validation for large scale application in Peru and in other low-resource areas of the Americas.”

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation is an independent philanthropic organization working to combat disease, lengthen life, improve health care services, foster health research, and enhance the capacities of health care workers in the Americas through grant-making and direct program implementation. The Foundation works to promote philanthropy as a core social value, and shares the Pan American Health Organization’s vision of Health for All.

We invite you to visit our Success Stories section to learn what has been accomplished to date in cervical cancer prevention in the Americas.

Together we can prevent cervical cancer in the Americas.