Press Release

APEC economies meet to address cervical cancer

14/08/2018

The APEC Life Science Innovation Forum Roundtable discussion on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer during the Third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) brought together professionals from APEC regions to advance discussion in HPV and Cervical Cancer.

The APEC Life Science Innovation Forum Roundtable discussion on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and Cervical Cancer during the Third APEC Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM3) brought together professionals from APEC regions to advance discussion in HPV and Cervical Cancer.

Focus is now on how APEC economies are advancing implementation of the APEC Roadmap to discuss challenges, experiences, and the best practices to accelerate action and scale-up implementation in response to the global call to eliminate cervical cancer.

The Roadmap that APEC Cervical Cancer Expert Group is focusing on includes:

• Collating a library of resources for planners and decision-makers, • Building a community of practice to share new knowledge quickly, • Providing information-sharing opportunities within the APEC economies, and • Covering Policy Dialogues and Workshop on HPV and Cervical Cancer Control.

Cervical cancer is one of the major health concerns and the effort by member economies to participate in the roundtable to address this health issue demonstrates economy’s commitment to bring about the outcome that is beneficial to all.

Cancer burden has been affecting many families and economies, and are expensive to treat.

Papua New Guinea as the host economy has commended all invited guests and technical experts from the private sector and international organisations for coming to the meeting, to share their experiences with member and non-member economies on the best approach to address HPV and Cervical Cancer in the region.

Health Secretary, Mr Pascoe Kase in his opening remarks emphasized that such engagement is crucial for the prosperity of the economies in the region.

“The issues and challenges affecting cancer sufferers to access basic services are enormous.

“Cancers are expensive to treat and we also know that cancer in woman affects children and family.

“Sharing our knowledge, experience and learning from each other is very useful and economical,” said Mr Kase.

The round table discussion on Cervical Cancer through information-sharing across local and global economies with diverse resource levels can have substantial impact on public health, and in turn promote trade, security, inclusive growth and development in line with the APEC mandate.