THE CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION NETWORK
A program in collaboration with Jhpiego Philippines affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, CECAP is an alliance of public and private health organizations and sectors which, to this day, has been building the capacity of communities, conducting training, doing research on cervical cancer prevention, and developing pro-poor services, all towards a cervical cancer-free Philippines.
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, initially 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 continuous training and education on cervical cancer prevention
This will build the capacity of the community to implement cervical cancer screening initially through 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 effort. This also includes teaching women in the community about healthy lifestyle and vaccination.
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.
2005 | The Visit
Dr. Ricky Lu, the director of family planning and reproductive Health, and cervical cancer prevention (CECAP) Programs of the Jhpiego, affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University, came to the Philippines to discuss the cervical cancer prevention advocacy.
The Meeting in Thailand
Then Chairperson of the Cancer Institute of the UP - PGH, Dr. Cecilia Llave, was invited to present the 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.
2006 | The Founding
Upon returning to the country, The Cancer Institute of the UP - PGH, 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 Jhpiego, CECAP - a program to empower and teach women about cervical cancer prevention and control - was established.
THE CECAP NETWORK
The Cervical Cancer Prevention Network shares the commitment of empowering communities in the fight against cervical cancer with the World Health Organization (WHO), Department of Health (DOH), Cancer Institute Foundation (CIF), University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), the Cancer Institute, APEC-NIH US ECHO Program for Cervical cancer prevention and control, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), and Jhpiego, an affiliate of the Johns Hopkins University.