Preventing cervical cancer in the Caribbean

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Ministries of Health throughout the Caribbean have committed to improve cervical cancer prevention and control. The Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) is an NCD alliance that works with national governments and cancer societies throughout the region.

In Belize and Jamaica, where the Ministries of Health provide cervical cancer screening in primary care centres, the HCC initiated projects with local NGOs on cervical cancer prevention amongst vulnerable, disadvantaged women. These initiatives were initially financed by the American Cancer Society Meet the Targets Grant and an Australian Direct Aid Programme. But following their success they have also received funding from UNESCO. This strengthened the capacity of civil society organizations in both countries, thereby extending the reach of public health
services and improving access for the earlier detection of cervical cancer.

Md. Rafiuzzaman Sifat, a CSE graduate turned into journalist, works at News Hour as a staff reporter. He has many years of experience in featured writing in different Bangladeshi newspapers. He is an active blogger, story writer and social network activist. He published a book named 'Se Amar Gopon' inEkushe boi mela Dhaka 2016. Sifat got a BSc. from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He also works as an Engineer at Bangla Trac Communications Ltd. As an avid traveler and a gourmet food aficionado, he is active in publishing restaurant reviews and cutting-edge articles about culinary culture.
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