Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership: increasing Access to HPV Vaccines in Suriname

An estimated 342,000 women worldwide die from cervical cancer each year- a loss of life every 2 minutes. Cervical cancer is typically a disease affecting young women, with most diagnoses occurring between the ages of 35 and 44.

Almost all cervical cancers can be prevented by the HPV vaccine.

The goal of this partnership is to provide a united platform for organizations, companies, and individuals to have a direct impact in the prevention of cervical cancer and HPV related diseases by increasing access to the HPV vaccine. It is through our collective goodwill that we can amplify our impact and accomplish something that none of us can do alone. 

The 2023 Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership will provide HPV vaccines for children and adolescents residing in Suriname. 100% of contributions received will go to the purchase and delivery of vaccines. The average cost of the HPV vaccine and in-country arrival through this initiative is $11.50.

Facts About Cervical Cancer in Suriname

  • Suriname is considered a high-risk country for cervical cancer
  • Cervical cancer ranks fourth among the most common cancer affecting women globally while in Suriname, it ranks second
  • Among women 15 to 44 years of age, it is the 2nd most frequent cancer
  • There is no national cervical cancer screening program
  • Only 3 in 10 women received cervical cancer screening in the past 5 years
  • 80% of women present to the healthcare system in advance stages

Investing in Futures Is What We Do!

By vaccinating adolescents, we can significantly reduce the transmission of HPV and protect future generations from not only the disease itself, but from the emotional, physical, and financial burdens experienced by individuals and their families.

By vaccinating adolescents, we are investing in their futures and those who will depend on them.

Our Partners

As a partner of the CCPP, GIAHC Young Leaders will raise funds to protect children and adolescents from Cervical Cancer and HPV-related diseases. They are committing to helping us reach our goal of 6,000 HPV vaccines for Suriname.

The GIAHC Young Leaders (GYL) program (40 and younger) is a student/researcher-run program with supervision from GIAHC physician members. The program provides a global platform for young advocates to network and exchange knowledge regarding HPV cancers with a focus on cervical cancer, and to take action to eliminate these cancers. Our committees work throughout the year on various projects to raise awareness. In addition, we develop at least one signature project each year with our partner organizations and collaborators.

As a partner of the CCPP, Student for Vaccine Equity are tasing funds to increase access to the HPV vaccine in Suriname through various activities, including a 5K.

Students for Vaccine Equity seeks to raise awareness about stark inequalities in vaccine distribution to create meaningful change by means of fundraising, advocacy, and education, and to offer valuable perspectives on vaccine equity as postsecondary students. As a club, we hope to raise awareness about these vaccine related issues via fundraising, advocacy, and education.

Chi Omega is committed to service to others, and we believe it is our responsibility to embody this core belief through our participation in the CCPP.

Chi Omega is an intergenerational women’s organization that states its founding purposes as: friendship, personal integrity, service to others, academic excellence and intellectual pursuits, community and campus involvement, and personal and career development.

Participating in the Cervical Cancer Prevention Partnership (CCPP) is vital to our organization because it aligns with our unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on underserved communities. With a strong history of driving change through initiatives focused on healthcare equity, our organization is driven to contribute to CCPP’s mission. By collaborating with CCPP, we can extend our reach and continue our journey of making a tangible difference in the lives of those in need.

The Adolescents and Women Health and Well-being Initiative (AWHWI) is a non-profit organization committed to reshaping the health landscape for adolescents and women in underserved communities. We are dedicated to addressing health disparities through the provision of simplified healthcare access. Our approach hinges on strategic collaboration with partners like Medical Students Making a Difference (MSMD), enabling us to broaden our reach and connect with individuals of all ages who share our passion for advocacy and community service. This partnership enhances our ability to raise awareness about critical healthcare issues and leverage real-world clinical experiences, making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.

PASH members recognize the importance of sexual and reproductive health. Being a part of the CCPP constitutes a significant opportunity to employ our access and connections to promote this wellbeing. The purpose of PASH is to provide Duke students with sexual health resources and education. This includes facilitating student access to safer sex supplies, fostering open conversations about real and ideal sexual interactions within the student body, and carrying out a for-credit sexual health course at Duke. Members dedicate themselves to connecting students with resources and fostering a sex-positive, non-judgmental environment to promote campus health and safety.

The Global HPV Consortium supports our partner the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC), their students, and Vaccine Ambassadors with launching a campaign to provide 6000 HPV vaccine doses to Suriname. A core tenet of our transdisciplinary and multi-sectoral movement to prevent HPV infection is to engage adolescents and young people as critical leaders and champions in achieving cervical cancer elimination targets. Kudos to these emerging young talents for striving to make a real difference with tangible results!

The Global HPV Consortium, a worldwide public and private collaboration focused on accelerating prevention of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and eliminating cervical cancer. The Sabin Vaccine Institute will lead the Consortium as its Secretariat. “We are building a new ecosystem in global public health,” said Anuradha Gupta, President of Global Immunization at Sabin. “We aim to create and implement a strategic roadmap focused on improving access and adoption of the tools in our HPV prevention arsenal – vaccines, screening, and treatment of precancerous lesions.”

MEDLIFE is committed to partnering with CCPP in order to expand health access to low-income communities and help save lives. Our organization is deeply committed to assisting CCPP in their mission to distribute HPV vaccines in low-income communities in order to prevent Cervical Cancer.

MEDLIFE’s mission is to build a worldwide Movement empowering the poor in their fight for equal access to healthcare, education, and a safe home. MEDLIFE believes that in order to improve the overall health and welfare of families and communities in need, a comprehensive approach is needed. With this goal in mind, MEDLIFE seeks to deliver aid through three broad avenues: Medicine, Education, and Development.

FIMRC is committed to improving the healthcare of low and middle-income countries throughout the world. Vaccinating children is a crucial link in protecting the health of our youth and our future.

FIMRC is a nonprofit dedicated to improving healthcare for families in underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Through emphasizing education as a way of taking preventative measures, FIMRC hopes to provide more sustainable healthcare to families in need. Locally, we organize a number of clinical volunteering events, promoting a more sustainable future in health care through educational initiatives.

Our club is dedicated to promoting global healthcare equity, and providing vaccines is a direct manifestation of that commitment!

We are the Rice chapter of GSSA, the national student-run global surgery working group for the U.S., affiliated with InciSioN (the International Student Surgical Network). Our goal is to educate, inspire, and unite students through global surgery.

As an organization working to bring down the rates of cervical cancer, a project that provides HPV vaccines to children 9-12 in Suriname is a very worthwhile cause.

The National Cervical Cancer Coalition was founded in 1996 as a grassroots organization dedicated to serving women with, or at risk for, cervical cancer and HPV disease. The Durham Chapter was established in January 2023. Currently headed by an executive team of Duke undergraduates, the Durham Chapter is focused on the annual fall fundraiser 5k. This year, we as a chapter have decided to dedicate our proceeds to Vaccine Ambassador’s Partnership to Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean.

We are committed to doing our part in spreading awareness and creating meaningful change in real-world issues. The CCPP is doing incredible work that aligns precisely with our goals, and we are honored to be a part of it!

MSF-Duke’s goal is to create a broad public network of support and advocacy for MSF’s work in the field and its educational campaigns. MSF-Duke will help create spaces in which people can learn about, support, and advocate for the work of MSF-USA.

Join the PArtnership to Prevent Cervical Cancer

Make a commitment to help us reach our goal of 6,000 HPV vaccines. This is an opportunity for organizations, companies, and individuals to have a direct impact in the prevention of cervical cancer and HPV-related diseases. It is through our collective goodwill that we can amplify our impact and accomplish something that none of us can do alone. Every vaccine counts.

Every vaccine matters!

Register to join us in this fundraising effort to bring life-saving vaccines and prevent cervical cancer.

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About Vaccine Ambassadors

Vaccine Ambassadors is a US-based 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, established in 2015 by healthcare providers and children’s health advocates who believe that access to vaccines is a basic human right. Through a joint initiative, Facilitating Equitable Access to Vaccines in the Americas, with our partners at the Pan American Health Organization, Regional Office of the World Health Organization for the Americas, Vaccine Ambassadors funds the purchase and international logistics of high-quality vaccines for children and families residing in Latin America and the Caribbean. Through this initiative we have provided 1 million vaccines covering 12 different diseases in 12 countries.