On November 17, 2020, the world made a commitment to eliminate a cancer for the first time. On this day, the World Health Organization launched a Global Strategy to eliminate cervical cancer with the support of 194 countries. The launch of the Global Strategy was accompanied by a worldwide day of action which culminated in successful testing and advocacy campaigns, the inauguration of new treatment facilities, and political commitments for the achievement of the strategy’s goals.
On November 17, 2021, WHO marked the one-year anniversary of this historic commitment with a virtual event that streamed online alongside a day of action including satellite events that took place in countries around the World. As part of the celebration Coimbatore Cancer Foundation (CCF) took up the initiative for this global movement to light the world in teal for cervical cancer elimination and works towards a cervical cancer free Coimbatore by vaccinating girls, screening mothers. CCF is a well-known non-governmental organization that has been dedicated to cancer care for the past 29 years. CCF aims to provide good quality of life to patients and to their families, to create a cancer free community with outreach campaigns impacting at all levels.
To mark the occasion, 10 landmarks in Coimbatore were illuminated in the color teal for cervical cancer elimination. These landmarks included PSG Technology, PSG College of Arts and Science, PSG Sarva Jana School, Brookfield mall, North Coimbatore Flyover Park, Chandra Hyundai, SIEMA building at Race Course, Venkatalakshmi Matriculation School, The Southern India Engineering Manufacturers and Vadavelli Round.
CCF works towards a Cervical Cancer Free Coimbatore. “Vaccinate girls. Screen mothers and let’s end cervical cancer”