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- Bhawani Singh Maurya describes how Female Foreign Domestic Workers (F-FDW) are at disproportionate risk for cervical cancer and outlines measures for prevention and treatment.
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Exploring the challenge of cervical cancer prevention reveals a persistent global issue that demands immediate attention. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) reports from 2020 indicate that approximately 604,000 women worldwide were diagnosed with cervical cancer that year, resulting in a tragic loss of around 342,000 lives.
Among the vulnerable groups disproportionately affected by cervical cancer are Female Foreign Domestic Workers (F-FDWs). These women require a systematic continuum of care spanning awareness, screenings, diagnosis, and treatment. However, the efficacy of this continuum is compromised for migrant domestic workers due to disparities in healthcare access. Global deficiencies within the vaccination distribution framework expose the glaring inequities in healthcare access across regions. Consequently, the existing imbalance warrants an in-depth examination of mobile populations, specifically migrant workers, who encounter additional obstacles in obtaining essential healthcare access. For F-FDWs, the battle against cervical cancer becomes particularly critical due to the unique challenges they encounter when attempting to access healthcare services.
Efforts to combat cervical cancer encompass three pivotal stages: Prevention (through vaccination), Detection (via screening), and Treatment. Focusing on each stage is pivotal in effectively addressing this disease.
Numerous challenges impede the success of vaccination and screening initiatives for F-FDWs. These hurdles include limited access to information, cultural stigmas related to reproductive health, and concerns regarding the financial implications of cancer treatment.
Through strategic investments and the implementation of policy recommendations, we can bridge the gap and make substantial progress in preventing cervical cancer within this vulnerable population. This effort also contributes to the broader goal of mitigating healthcare disparities.
Read the full article about migrant workers and health by Bhawani Singh Maurya at AVPN.