HOPE Recognized for HPV Prevention Education in China
Project HOPE was awarded the “Golden Rooster Prize” for its collaboration with the Cancer Foundation of China. The award ceremony took place at the 15th Annual Meeting of the National Cervical Cancer Consortium and Symposium of Cervical Cancer Prevention in China on April 22.
Project HOPE was recognized for its participation in the 2017 International Women’s Day on March 8 in China – a day of public health educational activities. The Cancer Foundation of China and Project HOPE have been providing health education materials and expertise to local communities.
Ms. Qian Geng, Project HOPE’s Senior Regional Director of China and Japan, Ms. Lily Hsu, Program Director of Shanghai Representative Office, and the HPV infection prevention program team attended.
To prepare for the International Women’s Day activities, Project HOPE designed and printed health information brochures and posters about HPV infection prevention and cervical cancer. Updated HPV education brochures and fact sheets were published for targeted groups. 8,000 copies were distributed to the program sites. HOPE also supplied education materials and HPV videos to 73 hospitals carrying out the activities.
During the symposium, Program Manager Grace Wu spoke about the programs and presented information about theory diffusion and health information dissemination.
The goal of the program is to improve public knowledge and awareness of HPV infection and cervical cancer prevention by implementing health education in diverse groups, and encouraging women to take precautions to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer and HPV infection in China. Project HOPE collaborated with the Cancer Foundation of China, the Health Communication Institute, Fudan University, the Shanghai School Health Association and hospitals to conduct HPV infection and cervical cancer prevention education in 15 cities in seven regions for five years.
Project HOPE also carried out specific HPV infection and cervical cancer prevention education for six target groups including gynecologists, pediatricians, school health teachers, media workers, adolescents and their parents, and the public, utilizing different educational approaches according to the needs of each diverse group.
Project HOPE has conducted four public awareness campaign events with approximately 20,000 people educated; five training workshops for 200 journalists and more than 300 news articles about HPV released; 10 educational seminars for 1,029 school health teachers; 15 educational seminars for 1,174 parents; and 16 educational seminars for 1,896 adolescents.
HPV vaccines increased in all six target populations that received the health education.
The response among conference participants was positive, with many public health experts and doctors commenting on the importance of educating the public about HPV infection and its linkage to cervical cancer, especially before the HPV vaccine is made available through the China domestic market.