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Cervical cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women across the Commonwealth. Having been recognized as a major health concern by the World Health Organization, it is now more important than ever that everyone - regardless of gender - contributes to the attainment of the ambitious 90-70-90 target to ensure that we are on track to eliminating cervical cancer.
Read news - Blog: Amplifying Pan-Commonwealth youth voices on the linkages between HPV infection and cervical cancer
17 November 2022 to 17 November 2022
The Commonwealth carries a significant cervical cancer burden, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Whilst the Commonwealth represents 30 per cent of the world’s population, it carries a 40 per cent share of the global cancer incidence burden, and 43 per cent of the global mortality burden.
27 October 2022 to 27 October 2022
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are the leading cause of death globally, with more than 36 million deaths annually, primarily from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases. Commonwealth countries share a significant burden of NCDs, with nearly 400 million individuals currently diagnosed with at least one NCD.
Solidarity and greater collaboration between countries and multilateral organisations when tackling major health challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, are key to addressing the widening health inequalities which continue to be observed across the world, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has said at a gathering of top experts and policymakers from the global health community.
Read news - At H20 Summit, Commonwealth Secretary-General calls for solidarity and collaboration to tackle global health challenges
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, access to essential health services must be a priority. On International Day of Action for Women’s Health, we call on governments to urgently address the increasing inequities women face when seeking healthcare
Read news - Blog: Why access to life-saving cervical cancer tools is critical in providing the conditions for girls and women to thrive
The Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Rt Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, addressed the World Health Assembly, making a strong case for vaccine equity and unity in delivering resilience in health systems following the COVID-19 pandemic and aiding a faster economic recovery.
Read news - Commonwealth Secretary-General addresses World Health Assembly, calls for vaccine equity and unity towards sustainable pandemic management and recovery
Health Ministers from the Commonwealth have issued a joint statement on post-COVID recovery efforts following the conclusion of their annual meeting. They agreed to collaborate on several key issues including vaccine equity, building resilient health systems, and bolstering health security through harnessing digital technology.
Read news - Commonwealth health ministers reach consensus on key actions to address COVID-19 recovery plans