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Australia emphasizes on cancer prevention among women in vulnerable communities

16 June 2021 | News

$5.9 million investment for Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases

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The Australian Government will invest $5.9 million on cancer prevention among women in vulnerable communities across the world through the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). 

Funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), three of the four projects will support research to implement cervical cancer screening in India, Papua New Guinea and Eswatini. 

Funding is also committed to allow SISTAQUIT (Supporting Indigenous Smokers to Assist Quitting) to expand its free, online training in quit smoking methods to all Australian health services catering to Indigenous women during pregnancy. 

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said the projects would help women across the globe and here at home. 

“Cervical cancer is highly preventable but, according to the World Health Organisation, poor access to prevention, screening and treatment contributes to 90 per cent of cervical cancer related deaths,” Minister Hunt said. 

“These projects will support improved health outcomes here and across our region, helping to both save lives and protect lives.” 

Australia, through the NHMRC, is a founding member of the GACD, the first international collaboration of major research funding agencies that specifically addresses chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and in vulnerable communities in high-income countries (HICs). 

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