Unseen and Unprotected

In 2016, India claimed to launch national cancer screening campaigns. A year later, the country has yet to provide preventive care for women and girls.

70,000 Indian women die of cervical cancer every year, accounting for 27% of cervical cancer deaths worldwide. A scarcity of gynecologists and the Ministry of Health’s skittish attitude towards the HPV vaccine—compounded by stigma associated with the disease—mean that screenings and immunizations are nearly nonexistent.

“Women’s health is a challenge in India, it’s a low priority,” says Mridu Gupta, founder of CAPED, which focuses on cancer prevention and awareness in India. “There’s practically nobody working on this issue.”

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