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May 26, 2011

Dear Advocate,

This update includes information on a special webinar—organized by Cervical Cancer Action (CCA) and AVAC—taking place on Thurusday, June 2, “Leveraging Advocacy Opportunities for Cervical Cancer at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases”. Click here to register for the webinar.

The CCA-AVAC webinar is an update on the processes underway to increase attention to and resources for non-communicable diseases. Speakers will address key activities to ensure that cervical cancer prevention and treatment are prioritized at the September 2011 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Non-communicable Diseases, a critical opportunity for elevating attention to specific disease-related issues and priorities at a global level. The call will also discuss tools for advocacy, including the recently released CCA document Progress in Cervical Cancer Prevention: The Report Card.

Presenters and topics

  • Scott Wittet, CCA - Progress in cervical cancer prevention: findings from the CCA Report Card
  • Dr. Nuriye Ortalyi, United Nations Population Fund - The global burden of cervical cancer, and how we can use this opportunity to strengthen health services for adolescents and older women
  • Union for International Cancer Control (speaker to be determined) – The role of civil society in moving the agenda forward, specifically in relation to the opportunities presented by the High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases
  • Dr. Karen Sealey, Pan American Health Organization - The UN High Level Meeting and other opportunities for increasing resources for cervical cancer; a call-to-action
  • Moderator: Alessandra Durstine, American Cancer Society

Webinar details:

Thursday, June 2, 2011
10–11:30 AM US Eastern time (visit to confirm the time in your area)

Click here to register for the webinar. Please send any questions you have in advance to

Research has shown that HIV-positive women are at greater risk for HPV infection and are more likely to be infected with multiple HPV strains than HIV-negative women. Given that adolescent girls are a key target population for both HPV vaccine and a potential AIDS vaccine, it is critical to track and learn from HPV vaccine introduction efforts.

Progress in Cervical Cancer Prevention: The CCA Report Card is available for download at To order hard copies and find out more about Cervical Cancer Action, visit


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