CECAP ENVISIONS A CERVICAL CANCER-FREE PHILIPPINES.
Its initiative is to increase country readiness for implementation of the expanded cervical cancer prevention efforts by strengthening local capacity to deliver effective, high-quality, sustainable screening and treatment services based on the Single Visit Approach (SVA). It aims to…
Promote healthy lifestyle
through education and information campaigns;
Undertake research and develop a network of information centers on cervical cancer prevention
Research is an important component of any advocacy that could serve as a baseline and reference for making policies and guidelines. CECAP can coordinate and collectively collate a center for information networking.
Conduct training on cervical cancer prevention
to build the capacity of the community to implement cervical cancer screening through VIA visual inspection with acetic acid linked to treatment in a single visit approach. Continuous training and education will support a sustained and extended large-scale coordinated cervical cancer prevention efforts
Strive to develop centers of excellence for service, training, and research
The centers shall serve as a model clinic for the prevention of cervical cancer, especially for the underserved. It serves to provide training for all health care providers, advocates, and the community. CECAP is undergoing site supervisory visits or SSV as monitoring and audit of trained communities implementing the SVA to assure quality of the implementation of this healthcare delivery system.
Dr. Ricky Lu, the director of the Jhpiego Affiliates of the Johns Hopkins University who works for the cervical cancer prevention advocacy all over the world, came to the Philippines.
The Meeting in Thailand
In December 2005, then Chairperson of the Cancer Institute of the University of the Philippines, Dr. Cecilia Llave, was invited to present the status of cervical cancer in the Philippines. This JHPIEGO Global cancer prevention meeting among international collaborators and stakeholders addressed the call to action towards cancer control, since the cause of cervical cancer is now known and there is a prophylactic vaccine that can prevent the cancer.
The Philippine team was challenged to come up with programs in the country so that it can be disseminated to all Filipino women.
Upon returning to the country, The Cancer Institute of the University of the Philippine, under the chairmanship of Dr. Cecilia Llave, began to formulate a program on how the Single Visit Approach will be advocated.
With the help of Jhipiego, CECAP - a program to empower and teach women about cervical cancer prevention and control - was established