time to act against HPV

Eliminate Cervical Cancer by 2030.

Tackle the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the primary cause of the ONE cancer that can be eliminated.

What is HPV?

The Goal

Over 100 countries provide access to HPV vaccines and countless youth advocates and changemakers are at the forefront to eliminate cervical cancer by 2030.

This was the goal set by the World Health Organisation (WHO), and supported by The Commonwealth.

More can be done

However, these efforts cover only 30% of the global target population and reflects global disparities in cervical cancer incidence and mortality. Much more is needed to enhance access to cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccines in the drive to eliminate cervical cancer.

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

What is HPV?

HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is transmitted primarily through the transfer of fluids during physical contact as in sexual activity, including non-penetrative sex.

It is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide and affects both men and women.

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HPV by the Numbers

Commonwealth countries which comprises 30% of the world’s population, account for 36% of the global cancer incidence and 39% of global deaths.

If left unchecked, the incidence and number of deaths from cervical cancer in the Commonwealth is expected to rise by 55% and 62% respectively, by 2030. This would equate to one woman dying of cervical cancer every three minutes.


increase in global cancer incidence expected


increase in deaths from cervical cancer

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Key focus of the Commonwealth Youth Taskforce on Cervical Cancer and HPV

Increase awareness of HPV and its related cancers

Advocate for early detection and prevention approaches to HPV and cervical cancer

Ensure young people and their innovative strategies are involved in the policy-making process

Endorse a gender-neutral stance to HPV vaccination and awareness

Alliance for Active Action Against HPV

In 2020, a group of young leaders organised themselves from across the Commonwealth, to create the Alliance for Active Action Against HPV (A4HPV). It was to encourage, empower and harness the efforts of youths in the fight against HPV and cervical cancer in line with the WHO goal of eliminating cervical cancer by 2030.

A4HPV aims to reduce the annual occurrence of cervical cancer to less than 4 per 100,000 women across the Commonwealth. As a youth-led initiative, A4HPV continues to welcome health leaders and youths looking to make a difference in the global health movement.