What You Can Do
Please support our campaign for the elimination of HPV-caused cancers and other diseases across Europe.
- Write to Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. Ask her to, at a minimum, include recommendations for gender-neutral HPV vaccination and national organised population-based cervical cancer screening programmes in the forthcoming Europe's Beating Cancer Plan.
- Write to your MEP asking him/her to support the inclusion of gender-neutral HPV vaccination and national organised population-based cervical cancer screening programmes in the forthcoming Europe's Beating Cancer Plan. You can find your MEP here.
- Write to the WHO European Region asking for action on HPV elimination. The Regional Director is Dr Hans Kluge. If you don't have his direct email, use the WHO Europe's contact form here.
- Write to your national member of parliament asking him/her to raise the issue of HPV cancer elimination in your country. Attach a copy of the European Cancer Organisation's report and suggest they ask the health minister what steps the government is taking to implement its recommendations.
- Write to your national health minister with the same question.
- Tweet your support for the European Cancer Organisation's call to action on HPV. You can re-Tweet our posts from @EuropeanCancer.
If you are a member of an organisation you can also:
- Raise the issue with your organisation's leadership and ask for a public statement of support and other advocacy activity on the issue.
- Write a post or a blog for your organisation's website on the issues.
- Ask your organisation to consider joining the European Cancer Organisation's HPV Action Network. If you'd like to know more about the Network and how to get involved, contact us here.
We know that lobbying politicians can make a difference. In the United Kingdom, an ultimately successful campaign for gender-neutral HPV vaccination was backed by MPs from all parties who asked ministers questions and organised parliamentary debates.
More recently in Italy, a group of MPs presented a resolution calling on the government to take action towards the elimination of the cancers caused by HPV based specifically on the European Cancer Organisation's recommendations. This was followed up by a parliamentary question to the health minister on the issue by another MP and then by another resolution from a different group of MPs.