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Partnership to End AIDS and Cervical Cancer

Active Since: 2019

Contributing to SDGs…

This initiative aims to reduce cervical cancer incidence among HIV positive women in Sub-Saharan Africa using an accelerated strategy for prevention, screening, and treatment.

MEMBER COMPANIES

PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

  • Bilateral Organisations

    US Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

  • Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals

    UNAIDS

  • Private foundation or development organization

    George W. Bush Institute (Bush Institute)

    George W. Bush Institute (Bush Institute)

In 2019 MSD* joined PEPFAR and the George W. Bush Institute (Bush Institute) in the Partnership to End AIDS and Cervical Cancer among HIV-positive women in Africa. The collaborative effort aims to reduce cervical cancer incidence by 95 percent among approximately 3.5 million women living with HIV in eight African countries with the highest rates of HIV prevalence and cervical cancer deaths in the world. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the major cause of cervical cancer, and women who are HIV-positive are four to five times more likely to develop invasive cervical cancer.

The focus of the partnership is an accelerated strategy for prevention, screening, and treatment with the goal of significantly reducing HPV-related cervical cancer in HIV-positive women as well as nationwide cervical cancer rates in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 100,000 women are diagnosed annually with cervical cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa, where it is the leading cancer killer of women.

**MSD is known as Merck & Co., Inc. in the US & Canada

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“At Merck, we are committed to addressing the health care needs of women in the developing world and are pleased to support PEPFAR on this important initiative. Through this partnership we will be addressing HPV infection in a population most heavily impacted by HPV related cancer, not only through screening for and treating HPV, but also preventing it in the first place.”
Kenneth C. Frazier
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, MSD

SDGs THE PARTNERSHIP CONTRIBUTES TO

SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.3: Communicable Diseases & NTDs

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals