Ministry of Health in Mongolia, WHO and partners take steps to protect women and girls against cervical cancer

Donors and partners gathered on May 15, 2018 to discuss an important public health problem affecting women in Mongolia: cervical cancer.

In Mongolia, cervical cancer is the second common cause of deaths in women, accounting for 9% of all cancers. 400 cases are reported, and as many as 160 women in the country die from cervical cancer every year. Women and girls from 15 to 75 years of age are affected. As many as 50% of women are diagnosed in the late stages.

The Minister of Health in Mongolia, Ms Sarangerel Davaajantsan, Ministry of Health officials, UN agencies and bilateral partners attended the stakeholder meeting entitled “Reduction of cervical cancer morbidity and mortality”. The Ministry of Health has taken a comprehensive approach to cervical cancer prevention and control. This includes a ministerial order looking into multi-disciplinary interventions, including advocacy, community education, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine introduction and screening and treatment. The order was issued in March 2018.

HPV, a common viral infection of the reproductive tract, is a leading cause of cervical cancer. Immunizing girls and women against HPV is an effective preventive measure. Almost all cervical cancer deaths can be avoided. With the new interventions, the country takes a step forward to protect the health of women and girls.