At the conclusion of the work of its second session, which was organized virtually with wide regional and global participation
Cervical Cancer Forum calls for adopting strategies to combat papillomavirus
Representatives of governments, academia, international organizations and civil society have affirmed their commitment to promoting opportunities for treatment of HPV and cervical cancer in the Arab region by committing to improving opportunities for medical examinations and access to vaccines, with the aim of achieving the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer that it launched WHO by implementing the Global Development Goals by 2030.
This came at the conclusion of the second session of the Regional Forum on Cervical Cancer, which was organized by the “Friends of Cancer Patients” in Sharjah virtually on January 27 and 28, under the patronage of the wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Muhammad Al Qasimi, Founder and President Honorary Association of Friends of Cancer Patients, the International Union Against Cancer Ambassador for the International Cancer Declaration, the Ambassador of the International Union for Cancer Control of Childhood Cancer (UICC), in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund under the title (Accelerating Efforts to Combat HPV and Cervical Cancer).
Global fight against papillomavirus
In line with the call made by the World Health Organization to work for the elimination of cervical cancer, the participants issued at the conclusion of the forum (the Sharjah Declaration on Cervical Cancer “second session 2021”), which included the participants’ commitment to their commitment to the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide, and to reduce The burdens associated with human papillomavirus and cervical cancer in the Arab region, and the benefit from the collective efforts in the world to prevent the death of cervical cancer within one generation.
The declaration is based on the success of the Sharjah Declaration since the first session in 2019 until now, and as part of the global commitment to implement the Global Strategy on Women, Children and Adolescents’ Health 2016-2030, and the commitments of the Nairobi Summit on the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD @ 25).
Regional and national strategies
The Sharjah Declaration, in its second version, pledged to call for the launch of regional and national strategies on cervical cancer in line with global initiatives, taking into account national capacities to ensure their implementation in each country separately, and to strengthen cooperation between countries of the South and international organizations to improve their ability to combat cervical cancer, and implement the program HPV vaccine nationwide despite current and future health emergencies.
Invest in data collection
The Declaration committed to investing in better data collection, analysis, and use of evidence-based decision-making, identifying and addressing current inequalities related to HPV vaccine, cervical cancer detection and treatment, and endorsing a robust framework for monitoring progress in implementing programs. HPV vaccine, to eliminate cervical cancer.
These outputs respond to the challenges that the world faces regarding cervical cancer, as it is one of the common gynecological malignancies that afflict women in silence and without any symptoms or signs, and is classified as the seventh cause of cancer deaths among women in the United Arab Emirates, due to the discovery of the disease in The late stages, which are difficult to treat, as infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most important causes of infection, which also affects some other organs and causes abnormal cells in the genitals, anus, mouth and upper respiratory system, in addition to this, the health condition that The world has been witnessing since last year as a result of the spread of the Covid 19 virus, which doubles the severity of the disease.
Lessons from Corona
The response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic showed how many governments were rapidly able to allocate resources to the purchase and distribution of Coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines, as lessons can be drawn from purchasing, storage, distribution, supply, and community mobilization, which can be Implemented in the deployment of the HPV vaccine.
Global Development Goals
The global development goals supported by the Sharjah Declaration on Cervical Cancer are that 90% of girls receive full vaccination against HPV by the time they reach 15 years of age, and 70% of women undergo early screening using a high-performance test, by the time they reach 35 years of age and again. By the age of 45, 90% of women diagnosed with cervical disease have been treated (90% of women with precancerous lesions receive treatment, 90% of women with invasive cancer undergo management).
It is noteworthy that cervical cancer is one of the forms of cancer that can be prevented and cured, as long as it is detected early and effective treatment measures are taken. Increasing access to basic tools for prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment are crucial for a comprehensive approach to combat The disease, with an emphasis on the need to expand global efforts to reach the Arab region and a world free from deaths caused by cervical cancer, by working to increase coordinated measures and political will by integrating new methods of examination, and choosing appropriate follow-up for the case / diagnosis within a program Organized during the crisis to ensure equality and proper access to cervical cancer care.
It is worth noting that the forum brought together more than 35 experts and specialists in health care and decision-makers from 11 Arab and foreign countries, and aimed to discuss ways to support and enhance the efforts of the Emirate of Sharjah to reduce the suffering caused by this type of disease, in addition to developing plans and mechanisms that would allow a segment Greater community access to health and counseling services to reduce disease.