Statement on Accelerating Cervical Cancer Elimination

For over 60 years, FIGO has collaborated with the world's top health bodies to work towards the improvement of women's health globally.

FIGO is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO), and attending the 144th WHO Executive Board Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, 24 - 30th January, 2019.

We shared our statement on the Director-General's report on Accelerating Cervical Cancer Elimination:

FIGO welcomes the Director-General’s report on Accelerating cervical cancer elimination and the critical focus on vaccination, screening and treatment of pre-cancer and prompt treatment.

We note that a vast inequity exists, and that without urgent scale up of services, deaths from this preventable and treatable cancer could increase by almost 50% above 2018 levels.

During last year’s World Health Assembly, following the announcement of the Call to Action, FIGO was pleased to have Dr Tedros join FIGO at our Official Side event, where he heard about our work in addressing gynecological oncology, including the elimination of cervical cancer, in India, Kenya, United States and Finland and confirmed that the WHO look forward to working with FIGO ‘to make it happen’.

During FIGO World Congress in Rio, we presented our ‘Global Declaration on Cervical Cancer Elimination’ to unite the FIGO membership with the WHO and UNFPA in ensuring “coordinated action globally to eliminate cervical cancer by making sure that all women and girls have equal access to life-saving prevention technologies and services”.

We publicly declared that we agree to:

Undertake efforts to support the promotion of the following actions for impact for girls and women worldwide:

  • Advocate for national cervical cancer strategies which align with the global call to elimination
  • Establish capacity building efforts to expand the knowledge and skills of our membership to contribute to national elimination programmes
  • Support countries in rolling out the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls and cervical cancer screening and adequate management for older women
  • Contribute expertise to the emerging elimination programme of work, particularly supporting WHO and UNFPA updates of guidelines and technical guidance and their dissemination
  • Harness FIGO collaborations and partnerships to promote cervical cancer elimination efforts in the context of overall wellbeing of women

Prevention is more effective than treatment, and treatment more effective than neglect. FIGO members are embedded on the frontlines of health, wellbeing and equity for women in 132 countries, and we are committed to solving this preventable tragedy.

We are delighted to have expert FIGO representatives actively contributing to the WHO’s work in accelerating cervical cancer elimination, and would be honoured to expand our efforts with your committees as this work goes forward.