500,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer this year. More than half of them will die because they are poor and their cancer will not be diagnosed until it is too late to treat.
Most will live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa where cervical cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. Almost all of them will be mothers, many with children still living at home, and if current trends continue, by the year 2050 there will be more than 1 million new cases of cervical cancer every year.
But current trends do not need to continue.
A vaccine to prevent cervical cancer has been available in developed countries since 2006 but it will take a global effort to introduce this vaccine to the developing world.
This petition calls on developing country governments to make cervical cancer awareness, prevention and treatment a priority, the pharmaceutical industry to supply effective vaccines at an affordable price, and donor governments and the private sector to finance the rollout of these vaccines.
The GAVI Alliance has said that if it can attract sufficient funding from donors, it aims to make the vaccine available to girls in the world’s poorest countries in the coming years.
Our daughters will not be dying from cervical cancer when they grow up because they will be vaccinated. But what about the rest of the world's daughters?