Declaration of Wisdom
Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Albania
“Arm to Arm Against Cervical Cancer”
6 November, 2013, Tirana, Albania
In Albania Cervical Cancer is the 2nd most frequent cancer among women between 15 and 44 years of age. Current estimates indicate that every month 10 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and every week a woman dies from the disease, despite the fact that almost every case is preventable through a program of screening, treatment and vaccination against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
Participants: (Albanian First Ladies, Albanian Health Minister And Albanian Health Authorities, Diplomatic Body and Political Representatives as well as Representatives and Activists from Media, Public Sector, NGO-s, Clinicians, Public Health and Pharmaceutical Industry) attending this roundtable, organized by a group of women with special support of the Southeast European Center for Surveillance and Control of Infectious Diseases (SECID), Institute of Public Health IPH and UNFPA have unanimously agreed to the following five resolutions:
1. We will build a national coalition or partnership to advocate for cervical health by supporting innovative, evidence based individual HPV self-testing, cost-effective cervical cancer screening, early vaccination and widely disseminate information on cervical cancer, including risks, prevention options and treatment methods.
2. We call upon Albanian decision makers and all influential actors to recognize and acknowledge the magnitude of the problem of cervical cancer in Albania and the need for immediate, coordinated national action within the existing health care system.
3. We will work with Albanian Government, NGOs and other international partners, as well as health professionals, media and public high profile representatives to raise awareness of and take action to reduce the threat of cervical cancer to women and girls, to design and implement innovative and effective cervical cancer screening and sustainable treatment programs, taking into account the latest technology and ensuring equity of access and quality for all women and girls.
4. We will promote the Albanian Government and other international partners to provide financial and political commitment to prepare an effective and affordable program of HPV vaccination to Albanian girls and include it in the National Vaccination Program supported by the Government.
5. We pledge to work together to substantially decrease deaths from cervical cancer within 5 years and to give women and girls an equal chance at healthy and productive lives, free from cervical cancer.
We unanimously agree that implementation of this declaration requires immediate, vigorous and collective actions.
Therefore we pledge to inform and update on the new process developments and to meet every year to revise the actions taken to implement the resolutions of this declaration.