Mother-Daughter Initiative Forum: Saving Women’s Lives

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As I write this post, there is one thing I regret: the fact that I didn’t get to attend the Mother-Daughter Initiative Forum. You see, leaders and pioneers in healthcare gathered together in that forum to further strengthen the campaign against cervical cancer.

Mother Daughter Initiative

It sucks, I know. The forum was held at Crimson Hotel, Alabang on May 24, 2013 – and I was sick in bed that day. I can only wish that in the next Mother-Daughter Initiative Forum, I get to participate.

Mother-Daughter Initiative: What Is It Exactly?

I’ve been following the progress of the Mother-Daughter Initiative for the past two years or so, which is why I regularly attend the HPV Summit Series. Aside from the first conference, I’ve also covered the second and third part of the series.

“More than 99 percent of the time, cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). A lot of women do not know this.”
- Dr. Cecilia Ladines-Llave, Head of the Mother-Daughter Initiative.

Spearheaded by the tireless Dr. Cecilia Ladines-Llave, The Mother-Daughter Initiative is a campaign meant to save lives, especially in grassroots communities. While the government aims to improve healthcare at a big scale, we also have to focus on the smaller details, such as what happens in the local front.

“More than 99 percent of the time, cervical cancer is caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). A lot of women do not know this,” Dr. Llave said. The HPV vaccine helps protect women from cancer-causing HPV infection and, in turn, also shields them from cervical cancer.

The Mother-Daughter Initiative was actually started by the Cancer Institute Foundation together with the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (now known as JHPIEGO). It’s an impressive partnership, I have to admit.

Let me put it this way: The Mother-Daughter Initiative is a campaign that helps raise awareness regarding maternal and child healthcare. One of its foci is lowering the incidence of cervical cancer – and that’s why I’m quite interested.

Are rural communities receiving the attention they need in terms of healthcare? Who exactly are working to make this happen?

It makes sense that the government and other non-government institutions should learn from these people, especially when it comes to making models on how to provide healthcare. The Mother-Daughter Initiative, as a movement that aims to improve women’s welfare, aims not only to recognize health heroes, but also to continue pushing for that paradigm shift we need for better cervical cancer prevention.

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