Members of the Parliament ready to speed up cervical cancer prevention process

When WHO Member States approved “Health 2020”, they confirmed that governance and advocacy are important prerequisites for the health and well-being of society.

During the meeting “Strengthening cervical cancer prevention in eastern Europe and the Balkans” in Prague, 15–16 November 2012,  Members of the Parliament (MPs) from 12 countries were informed about the situation in primary and secondary cervical cancer prevention in the European Region and particularly countries of eastern Europe, Caucasus and the Balkan region.The latest UN, UNFPA and WHO policies and action plans including  “Action Plan for implementation of the European Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Disease 2012–2016” were presented to the delegates.

In his video message, Mr Werner Haug, Regional Director of theUnited Nations Population Fund Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office (UNFPA EECA RO) emphasized the importance of partnership and joint efforts to save lives of women from the preventable cervical cancer.

Participants aquired a broader understanding of the topicality of the problem and on-going efforts of the ministries of health, academia and international development partners in cervical cancer prevention.

MPs shared experiences and best practices, discussed the role of parliamentarians in shaping cervical cancer prevention policies and funding and agreed on next steps. 

It was underlined that establishment of a national coalition in this area is crucial and MPs are ready to be part of it. 

The meeting was organized by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development in collaboration with UNFPA EECA RO, funded by the Czech Government.