CERVICAL CANCER

A doctor talks to a room full of women in a Nigerian clinic.
Cervical Cancer
The Issue
Cervical cancer, one of the most preventable types of cancer, kills 300,000 women each year, with more than 90 percent of deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common sexually transmitted infection. Women who are infected with both HPV and HIV are at particular risk of progression to cancer. HPV vaccination and programs to screen and treat women for pre-cancerous lesions offer the opportunity to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem. However, most low- and middle-income countries are only now beginning to introduce the HPV vaccine, leaving older generations of women unprotected. Access to effective screening and treatment has been constrained by the package of tools currently in use in these countries: most programs rely on visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), the accuracy of which is highly variable; cryotherapy to treat pre-cancerous lesions is cumbersome, expensive, and logistically difficult to maintain; and HPV testing is expensive and only available at a limited number of sites.
CHAI's Approach
CHAI is working to scale up safe, effective, and affordable cervical cancer screening and treatment of pre-cancerous legions across our partner countries. We are working to reach more women by leveraging existing platforms to offer tools that are available but not widely used: HPV testing for screening and portable thermal ablation devices to treat pre-cancerous lesions. We are using CHAI’s market-shaping experience to bring promising new products and technologies to market to ensure the sustainable, affordable, and timely supply of screening and treatment tools as well as HPV tests. At the same time, we are testing integrated models to reach women living with HIV through existing health services, such as treatment clinics; reaching women in the general population through family planning services; and offering HPV testing on multiplex diagnostic platforms that are being underutilized for other testing.
Our Work
A nurse places her hand on the forehead of a cancer patient lying on a bed.

June 29, 2020

New agreements to lower prices and increase access to lifesaving cancer treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

Cancer Access Partnership is expected to result in a 59 percent savings on procured cancer medicines.

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November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

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A healthcare worker sits with a patient. Photo provided courtesy of ACS

November 11, 2019

CHAI and partners establish new alliance to help fight cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

Allied Against Cancer will work to improve access to high-quality cancer treatment ARMONK, NY, Nov. 11, 2019 — IBM (NYSE: IBM), American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), today announced a new alliance to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa...

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October 29, 2019

Nigeria launches public-private partnership to ensure affordable access to high-quality chemotherapies at seven teaching hospitals

ABUJA, NIGERIA, Oct. 29, 2019 — Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health today announced an innovative partnership to deliver lifesaving chemotherapies for cancer treatment to seven teaching hospitals throughout the country. As a result of the partnership, Nigerians are expected to save up to 50 percent of their treatment costs, enabling thousands of additional patients to...

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A nurse places her hand on the forehead of a cancer patient lying on a bed.

June 29, 2020

New agreements to lower prices and increase access to lifesaving cancer treatment in sub-Saharan Africa

Cancer Access Partnership is expected to result in a 59 percent savings on procured cancer medicines.

Read More

November 13, 2019

CHAI releases 2018 Annual Report

The theme for the 2018 Annual Report is ‘Our Approach in Action’. There are examples in each program section of a time that CHAI’s approach was successfully applied to support our partners toward our mission.

Read More
A healthcare worker sits with a patient. Photo provided courtesy of ACS

November 11, 2019

CHAI and partners establish new alliance to help fight cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa

Allied Against Cancer will work to improve access to high-quality cancer treatment ARMONK, NY, Nov. 11, 2019 — IBM (NYSE: IBM), American Cancer Society (ACS), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), today announced a new alliance to help improve access to high-quality cancer care and treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa...

Read More

October 29, 2019

Nigeria launches public-private partnership to ensure affordable access to high-quality chemotherapies at seven teaching hospitals

ABUJA, NIGERIA, Oct. 29, 2019 — Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health today announced an innovative partnership to deliver lifesaving chemotherapies for cancer treatment to seven teaching hospitals throughout the country. As a result of the partnership, Nigerians are expected to save up to 50 percent of their treatment costs, enabling thousands of additional patients to...

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CHAI is looking for dynamic and self-motivated individuals who are committed to strengthening health systems around the world and expanding access to care and treatment of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

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