In line with the program of WHO through APEC and the Department of Health of the Philippines, AOFOG joined the Philippines Obstetrical and Gynecologic Society (POGS) in the 26th Asia and Oceania Federation of Obstetrics and Gynecology International Congress for its call to action for cervical cancer elimination.

Multiple stakeholders from all Asia Oceania regions pledged to commit towards programs and activities that will save women’s lives–including WHO’s flagship program that’s eliminating cervical cancer. Countries which joined the cause include Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Saudi, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Pictured above in The AOFOG Manila Declaration: a Call to Action Against Cervical Cancer, Signing of the Collaboration is AOFOG incoming and outgoing President Kazunori Ochiai and Ravi Chandran respectively, DOH Secretary of Health, Francisco Duque, POGS incoming and outgoing President Christia Padolina and Mario Bernardino respectively, and Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Philippines’ Cecilia A. Ladines Llave.

Following the event’s goal, the workshop session Empowering Obstetricians and Gynecologists for
Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control
 was organized by AOFOG and POGS in collaboration with Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Philippines (, Society of Gynecologic Oncology of the Philippines (SGOP), Philippine Society of Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy (PSCPC), Philippine Infectious Disease Society of Gynecologists (PIDSOG), and Asia-Oceania Genital Infection and Neoplasia Society of the Philippines (AOGIN).

Its objectives were to:

  1. Educate and update medical practitioners for quality assurance
  2. Empower and orient participants on the standardized procedures for early cancer detection and treatment (sessions for doctors, nurses, midwives)

The quality assurance and standardization of procedures will ensure effective service access to eliminate cervical cancer.