From the Field to the World: IPPF's cervical cancer prevention journey

Cervical cancer, a preventable illness, is the fourth most frequent cancer in women, with an estimated 570,000 new cases in 2018 representing 6.6% of all female cancers.

An increasing number of SRH organizations are working to introduce and/or strengthen cervical cancer prevention programmes with the aim of increasing their impact on the reduction of mortality and morbidity. IPPF´s work on cervical cancer prevention is guided by our commitment to health equity, gender equality and women’s rights.

The purpose of this International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) How-to-Guide to Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Programmes is to contribute to the implementation of stronger secondary prevention programmes for cervical cancer and high quality referral services to primary and tertiary care in order to reduce related incidence and mortality in the long term. You can find a digital and mobile friendly version of the How-to-Guide to Cervical Cancer Screening here.

The IPPF Cervical Cancer Strategy 2020–2024 has been developed to strengthen and expand IPPF Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Prevention (CCCP) work. This Strategy is aligned with the IPPF Strategic Framework 2016–2022, Gender Equality Strategy and Implementation Plan, Secretariat Business Plan, IPPF Advocacy Common Agenda, and the global trend for cervical cancer prevention (90-70-90 target). This Strategy will lead the IPPF Secretariat and MAs to:

  • Adopt a multi-sectoral approach to integrate CCCP into women’s health programmes, NCD control programmes, and essential health services of UHC.
  • Develop and distribute context-specific and age-appropriate information to achieve long-term social and behavioural change.
  • Introduce and scale up CCCP through identifying missed opportunities, adopting an optimization approach and single-visit approach for cervical cancer screening and treatment, and enabling CCCP via different service delivery channels.
  • Generate additional resources to expand and strengthen MA-led CCCP across the Federation.