Support for cervical cancer program

Steamships recently announced funding support for Spacim Pikinini Inc, to carry out a cervical cancer – HPV vaccination pilot program in Milne Bay Province.

Cervical cancer is the second most frequent cancer among women in PNG, with thousands thought to be dying from the disease annually. The development of a safe, highly effective vaccine for human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes the cancer, means that with awareness and treatment, unnecessary deaths will be reduced with the long-term potential to eventually eliminate cervical cancer.

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Spacim Pikinini and Rotary with this ground breaking initiative,” said David Toua, the Corporate Affairs General Manager for Steamships. “For years we’ve seen awareness around cervical cancer being delivered, but the introduction of a vaccination program now means that lives will be saved.

“Let’s hope this can be the catalyst for our health authorities to introduce programs nationally.”

Wendy Stein, the CEO and Founder of Spacim Pikinini, was delighted with the support of Steamships.

“Cervical cancer vaccination is a relatively safe and simple procedure that saves lives. The impact on our community here in Milne Bay will be profound.

“We’re grateful for the generosity of Steamships through their Community Grants Program.”

Press release