Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation’s effort to eliminate cervical cancer is showcased today 17th November 2023, at the foundation’s headquarters in Abuja. A non-governmental organization, Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation marks 3 years of the global movement to eliminate cervical cancer.
In 2020, 194 countries resolved to eliminate cancer for the first time and WHO launched the Global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem. As a result, global strategies to eliminate cervical cancer were as follows:
- a vision of a world where cervical cancer is eliminated as a public health problem;
- a threshold of 4 per 100 000 women-years for elimination as a public health problem;
- the following 90-70-90 targets must be met by 2030 for countries to be on the path towards cervical cancer elimination:
According to the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Rev. Mrs. Jemimah Ola Kalu, it is a historic response to the WHO Director-General’s call to action in 2018, which catalyzed a social movement and sparked an annual tradition, bringing communities across the world together for a Day of Action for Cervical Cancer Elimination.
Rev. Mrs Jemimah Ola Kalu urged women and young girls to embark on regular medical checkups, practice personal hygiene, and healthy eating, and avoid promiscuous lifestyles.
Likewise, she stated that the foundation would continue to contribute immensely to the well-being of women and children—especially in rural areas.