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Dana Weckesser Director of Communications Pan American Health and Education Foundation Phone: 202.974.3416 Fax: 202.974.3636
WASHINGTON -- The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) has received a $1.4 million grant from the Global Health Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support cervical cancer prevention efforts of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization in Peru, which has a high incidence of cervical cancer. PAHO is one of five international agencies of the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention, working together to prevent cervical cancer in developing countries.
This grant will build on the good work accomplished to date in a low-resource setting in the remote Amazonia region of Peru where PAHO established a demonstration project to evaluate alternative screening and treatment methods for cervical cancer prevention. Specifically it will support continuation of the project to evaluate the population effectiveness of the low cost cervical cancer screening technology called the Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) test.