Over 3500 leaders, cancer experts and activists are in Paris France leveraging synergies that will help deliver comprehensive sexual and health services to women and girls around the world.
Under the theme “Mobilize action-inspire change” strategies that address the need to scaling up integrated health services for avoid coinfections and co-morbidities including prevention, screening and treating sexually transmitted infections and cervical cancer.
It has been disclosed that women living with HIV are five times very likely to acquiring cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer can be prevented and treated with the Papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) and curable if diagnosed and medicated early.
Despite that, 528 000 women are diagnosed with newly cervical cancer infections but more than 266 000 women succumb to the disease and 90% of them live in low- and-middle-income countries.
Only 1 in 10 girls living in low- and middle-income countries have access to the HPV vaccine, compared with 9 in 10 girls in high-income countries.
UNAIDS Director Michel Sidibé said yesterday that the numbers expose the links between disease, gender inequality, poverty, lack of rights and poor access to essential health services.
Speaking on the need to leverage the experience and innovative activism in more than three decades to address AIDS, Sidibe noted that greater mobilization and breaking down of silos between programs and services that help deliver comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls is needed.
The congress is organized and taking place under the Union for International Cancer Control, Ligue contre le cancer, the alliance de ligue Francophones Africaines et Mediterraneenes contre le cancer.
The UNAIDS director commended French President Francois Hollande for his government’s commitment to global cancer control.
He reminded other guests at the congregation that the 2016 Political Declaration on Ending AIDS between 2016-21 would include the fight to end cervical cancer.