ACOG and Abt to Collaborate to Fight Cervical Cancer

September 27, 2018

Washington, D.C. - The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Abt Associates have signed a strategic collaboration agreement to work on projects to combat cervical cancer, a major preventable threat to women’s health.  The idea for collaboration was as a result of the World Health Organization (WHO) global call for action on the elimination of cervical cancer. ACOG and Abt intend to work together on projects in low- and middle-income countries that will provide guidance on best practices, train key staff and offer technical assistance. They will join forces to raise governments’ and other local stakeholders’ awareness of the scope of cervical cancer, which kills a woman every two minutes. The collaboration seeks to integrate the private sector, governments and other partners into programs that develop effective systems for vaccination, screening, early diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of cervical cancer. ACOG and Abt also will advocate for inclusion of cervical cancer screening in family-planning and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) programs. 

Prevention and early detection of cervical cancer are highly cost-effective. HPV vaccines have the potential to eliminate cervical cancer and early detection of pre-cancerous lesions can lead to effective treatment. High-income countries have come close to eliminating the disease. The WHO is supporting an effort to duplicate that success in low- and middle-income countries.

“ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health seeks to increase women’s access to quality health care by building provider skills, supporting implementation of high impact interventions and scaling proven solutions to decrease mortality and morbidity in low-resource settings,” says Barbara Levy, M.D., ACOG vice president of health policy. “Through ACOG’s strategic collaboration with Abt Associates, we plan to tailor the latest science with implementation models to lower rates of mortality caused by cervical cancer in low- and middle-income countries.”

“Cervical cancer is a critical public health issue globally for women. Ninety percent of deaths from cervical cancer occur in low- and middle- income countries. The ACOG-Abt collaboration offers expertise that can help make great strides in reducing the toll this disease takes,” says Jay Knott, Abt’s chief business officer and chief of its global work in international development. 

ACOG possesses expertise in guidelines and clinical practice in women’s health and has experience in localizing guidelines and in training health professionals.

Abt has extensive experience providing technical assistance, training and communications for family planning and MNCH in low- and middle-income countries. Abt also has proven capabilities in integrating the public and private health sectors.

About ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. www.acog.org 

About Abt Associates

Abt Associates is an engine for social impact, dedicated to moving people from vulnerability to security.  Harnessing the power of data and our experts’ grounded insights, we provide research, consulting and technical services globally in the areas of health, environmental and social policy, technology and international development.

 

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the nation’s leading group of physicians providing health care for women. As a private, voluntary, nonprofit membership organization of more than 58,000 members, ACOG strongly advocates for quality health care for women, maintains the highest standards of clinical practice and continuing education of its members, promotes patient education, and increases awareness among its members and the public of the changing issues facing women’s health care. www.acog.org