Every year, approximately 2,300 women in the Caribbean die unnecessarily from cervical cancer.
The Caribbean is among the top four highest sub-regions in the world with respect to incidence of cervical cancer1 and has the highest burden of HPV in the Americas. Cervical cancer is the second leading cause of death among Caribbean women. Cervical cancer mortality rates in Latin America and the Caribbean are several magnitudes higher than countries such as the USA.
Caribbean civil society organisations (CSOs) are on the front lines of cervical cancer prevention, control and treatment service provision. In the Caribbean we have the resources to avert these unnecessary deaths. There are no excuses - no woman should be dying of this preventable disease.
The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is pleased to make available the Caribbean Civil Society Cervical Cancer Advocacy Handbook and Planning Tool, A practical tool for the design & implementation of community based cervical cancer advocacy initiatives. This tool is aimed at Caribbean Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and represents a significant resource with respect to NCD related advocacy in the Caribbean.
This resource was developed with the full consultation of twenty one Cancer CSOs from across 16 Caribbean countries. The Handbook was piloted at a historic Cervical Cancer Advocacy Capacity Building Workshop for Caribbean Cancer Societies and Foundations held in March 2013 in St. Maarten, and finalised in the months following the workshop.
The HCC is committed to strengthening the capacity of CSOs to effectively address NCDs through a variety of channels.
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