Every two minutes a woman dies from cervical cancer somewhere in the world. About 86% of cervical cancer cases occur in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in southern Africa. The negative impact of cervical cancer is exacerbated in southern Africa given the high prevalence of HIV among women. Cervical cancer is easily preventable and treatable, yet despite the ability to reduce mortality, southern African countries continue to lose thousands of lives to cervical cancer each year. Failure by southern African governments to adequately provide medical and other cervical cancer related services may result in violations of human rights.
SALC’s work on cervical cancer benefitted from our attendance at the 6th Stop Cervical Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCA) which ended in Zambia on Tuesday the 24th of July 2012. The objective of the conference was to encourage participants to mobilise their governments to increase and secure funding for cervical cancer prevention.
From 22 – 24 July 2012, SALC will be attending the 6thStop Cervical Cancer in Africa Conference (SCCA) hosted by the Forumof African First Ladies Against Breast & Cervical Cancer in Zambia.
SALC’s HIV Programme recently undertook research on the status of policies related to cervical cancer, as well as the availability of and access to prevention and treatment services in southern African countries, using Namibia and Zambia as case studies.
Advocacy Strategy Meeting on Increasing Access to and Availability of Cervical Cancer Prevention and treatment services in southern Africa
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) is organizing a meeting with partner organizations to discuss the an advocacy strategy on increasing access to and availability of cervical cancer prevention and treatment services in Southern Africa.
SALC conducted research on the status of policies related to cervical cancer, as well as the availability and access to prevention and treatment services in southern African countries using Namibia and Zambia as case studies.