Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Editorial Staff
7 months ago

Health Minister congratulates Chairperson of Cervical Cancer Taskforce on major international achievement

Dr Cheri Tulloch, the President of the Antigua and Barbuda Cervical Cancer Task Force has been selected as one of the ten members of the new cohort of Young Leaders in Global Cancer Control for 2023/2024.

The candidates, according to the Ministry of Health were selected from a pool of 377 applicants from professionals across the country

The submissions were evaluated based on the candidates’ track record, expertise, leadership skills, demonstrated impact on cancer control in their region country, and the potential benefit the members will derive as young leaders.

According to reports, the candidates were selected from a pool of 377 applicants from professionals across 86 countries.

Once the applications were submitted, they were evaluated based on their track record, expertise, leadership skills, demonstrated impact on cancer control in their region or country, and the potential benefit the members will derive as young leaders. 

Dr. Tulloch’s latest achievement is based on her role in the implementation of Antigua and Barbuda’s national strategy to eliminate cervical cancer in Antigua and Barbuda.

“The pilot program was implemented in 2022 following PAHO’s evaluation of several countries in the region and selected Antigua and Barbuda based on the countries readiness and capabilities to successfully carry out the program. The pilot program was deemed a success and was given the nod of approval from PAHO to scale up efforts in eliminating cervical cancer,” according to the Ministry of Health

Health Minister Sir Molwyn Joseph and the medical fraternity all congratulate Dr. Tulloch

The Minister says “The goal of eliminating cervical cancer in Antigua and Barbuda is of top priority and is confident that it can be achieved similarly to when the country eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and Syphilis”

He further stated that “in addition to the fight against cervical cancer, the ministry will continue to simultaneously develop and implement robust campaigns in the fight against other cancers by undertaking vigorous programs to educate and bring awareness to the screening and treatment available in Antigua and Barbuda. These Cancers include breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer which are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Antigua and Barbuda”.

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