Thai Health Office Wins UN Award for Cervical Cancer Prevention Program

2 decades ago, Thailand was struggling to find a better way to address cervical cancer, as 30 years of the test-and-refer approach had not made a dent in the country’s death toll from the disease.

The trajectory changed after a rural province, Roi Et, implemented a low-cost, single visit, screen-and-treat approach pioneered by Jhpiego and led by Khunying Kobchitt Limpaphayom and colleagues.

32 provinces now use this approach (and have added HPV vaccination for girls); it serves as a model to other countries. This week, Roi Et’s Provincial Health Office (PHO) received a UN Public Service Award for its efforts—chosen out of more than 400 nominations.


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