On 17 November 2020, following the close of the 73rd World Health Assembly, WHO will formally launch the Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer. This virtual event will mark a world-first commitment to the elimination of a cancer. The launch should reflect a day of action, with events held across the globe – from Chile, India and Kenya to the Netherlands, Nigeria andd Zambia, among other countries.


Cervical cancer is one cancer the world can actually eliminate: it’s time to do it.  Following a Call to Action in May 2018 from the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General, Dr. Tedros, 194 countries collectively resolved to end needless suffering from a cancer that is both preventable and curable.  The world already has the necessary tools; they just need to be made accessible.

In August 2020, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution calling for elimination of cervical cancer and adopting a strategy to make it happen.  It is a testament to the enthusiasm for this important goal that, even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world have affirmed their support for this important priority…

For more information on WHO’s initiative to eliminate cervical cancer, visit our “Health Topic” page https://www.who.int/health-topics/cervical-cancer#tab=tab_1

Read online: https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/11/17/default-calendar/launch-of-the-global-strategy-to-accelerate-the-elimination-of-cervical-cancer