Our Inspire2Live partner, the Partnership for the Eradication of Cancer in Africa (PECA), has launched an initiative to fight cervical and other HPV-virus related cancers.
The key theme of this project is “Awareness & education around the disease and the need for vaccination as the most important way to eradicate HPV-related cancers”. Vaccination needs to be made gender neutral to end the stigmatisation of young women and the marginalisation of boys and to develop herd immunity.
Most vaccines only work against cervical cancer yet when vaccination becomes gender-neutral and administered with the right vaccine, all HPV-related cancers are then targeted and the overall burden of cancer is reduced.
This is a PECA project and the role of Inspire2Live is that of an adviser and consultant due to the very large and long-term involvement of local staff, officials and politicians required. Inspire2Live is in a good position to add value through its network in the world of medical sciences and through its experience in project organisation.
For HPV-related cancers, we work with Nobel prize winner and our ambassador Professor Zurhausen, as well as Professor Pinedo, Professor Khama Rogo and Dr. Beltman as advisers in our network. Moreover, we can also leverage our IARC contacts e.g., by introducing Dr. Partha Basu who is an expert on HPV-related cancers. These expert advisers are qualified and willing to contribute to this project and will be asked to endorse it once the scope has been agreed upon. introduced by Inspire2Live. This is, among other things, of importance for finding the financial resources that are needed for the advocacy project and the vaccination initiative and Inspire2Live is happy to make these introductions.
The need for the uptake of the HPV vaccine by both boys and girls against cervical and other related cancers is encouraged by the messages carried in these videos. Children are featured in 2 of the videos so that when the opportunities arise, they can make the right choices.
These videos are brought to you by Inspire2Live and PECA in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria.
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