Cervical cancer, caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), is a leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide, including many countries within the Middle East and North Africa. With at least 7,600 deaths from cervical cancer in 2018, and over 15,000 deaths predicted for 2040 in the MENA region alone, there is an urgent need to increase political will and fight stigma and misinformation around HPV and cervical cancer.
As a leading civil society organization in the UAE that advocates to promote cancer screenings and awareness of the early detectable cancers (Breast, Cervical, Testicular, Prostate, Colorectal, skin and Childhood cancer). FOCP has been advocating for the importance of cervical cancer screenings and prevention since 2008.
The United Arab Emirates is committed to tackling HPV and cervical cancer. The journey to reduce HPV-related diseases started 10 years ago when Abu Dhabi rolled out the HPV vaccine in schools, a major step forward in the battle against this preventable disease. In 2018, the Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a country-wide rollout of the vaccine in an effort to protect more women and girls from this preventable disease. This means that the UAE are not only joining the global movement in tackling HPV, they are leading the MENA region in tackling this vaccine-preventable disease.
To mark Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and to support the national HPV response, Friends of Cancer Patients will be hosting a forum, “Turning the Tide on HPV and Cervical Cancer”, on 31 of January, 2019 in the Emirate of Sharjah. This forum will showcase best practices emerging from the UAE and make the case for regional action and collaboration to tackle cervical cancer and save countless lives across the region.
The health of women and children is crucial for a strong society and no family should suffer from the hardships that come with cervical cancer. Join us in this event advocate for HPV and cervical cancer..