Launching UN joint programme on Cervical Cancer prevention and control in Myanmar

Prof Thet Khaing Win, Permanent Secretary for MoHS, delivering an opening speech at the launching ceremony of Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Myanmar.

The UN Global Joint Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control for Myanmar was launched with a visit of inception mission to Naypyidaw 6-9 March 2017.

Mission team members included WHO (headquarters, regional and country offices), IAEA and IARC, with UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and UNAIDS also participating in this initiative. The launching ceremony was inaugurated, on behalf of Ministry of Health and Sports, by Permanent Secretary Prof Thet Khaing Win. On behalf of UN country team and participating seven UN agencies, WHO Representative Dr Stephan P Jost described the significance of the UN joint programme in the context of high-level global commitments to achieve the sustainable development goals and targets related to noncommunicable diseases. This programme has three pillars - prevention, screening and treatment - which it was important to balance well.

Preventing cervical cancer through universal access for adolescent girls and women to sexual and reproductive health services is feasible and cost-effective. Cervical cancer prevention contributes to a number of targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in for example 3.4, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs and target 7, universal access to sexual and reproductive health. The UN Global Joint Programme on Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control was developed to support countries in their efforts to build a functioning and sustainable, comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control programme of high quality.