The Philippines: Cervical Cancer Program
Jhpiego’s work in the Philippines over the last three decades has focused on strengthening health education and training of physicians, nurses and midwives. One of Jhpiego’s current initiatives in the Philippines is the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program (CECAP), which will build on Jhpiego’s success with similar cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in Thailand and Ghana. It is an 18-month pilot program starting at three sites with the objective of rapid expansion. It is being implemented with support from GlaxoSmithKline and in partnership with the Cancer Institute of the Philippine General Hospital-University of the Philippines.
Through this initiative, Jhpiego is providing technical support to the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program (CECAP), which is working to eliminate cervical cancer in the country. CECAP is committed to increasing women’s awareness of cervical cancer and providing them access to treatment. The Jhpiego-CECAP Network Alliance of Preventive Services promotes the single visit approach (SVA) using visual inspection of the cervix, with cryotherapy treatment when necessary. The goal of this approach is to identify and treat women with pre-cancer and cancer of the cervix, thereby reducing unnecessary illness and death.
CECAP is also working toward the provision of a standard center not only for service, but also for research, education and training for the medical staff, support groups and the public. This center will be a model and referral center for the care and prevention of cervical cancer, especially for the underserved.
About Jhpiego: For nearly 40 years, Jhpiego, (pronounced "ja-pie-go"), has empowered front-line health workers by designing and implementing simple, low-cost, hands-on solutions that strengthen the delivery of health care services, following the household-to-hospital continuum of care. We partner with community- to national-level organizations to build sustainable, local capacity through advocacy, policy and guidelines development, and quality and performance improvement approaches.
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