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The Fondation Brocher is an essential player in this vital thinking process: one which will help make us aware of the real challenges in using our resources for maximum impact on the health of the people of the world.



Professor Daniel Wikler, Harvard University


The Brocher Foundation is a Swiss non-profit private foundation  recognized of public interest. Your donations are tax deductible according to the regulations in force.


November 7 - 9, 2023

Pap screening in lower-income settings


Today, approximately 90% of the world's cervical cancer deaths occur among women in lower-income countries. The US Preventive Services Task Force determined that Pap screening reduces cervical cancer rates by 60% to 90% within 3 years of implementation, and that these reductions in suffering and death are "consistent and dramatic across populations." The former Head of Cancer Screening at WHO/IARC determined that "good-quality Pap screening can be implemented even in a rural setting of a lower-income country with reasonable investment." Pap screening in lower-income countries is a moral imperative because saving as many lives as quickly as possible is a moral imperative. However, current global health guidelines do not promote Pap screening for lower-income countries and provide little guidance on how to successfully implement Pap screening in lower-income settings. The objective of the proposed Brocher workshop will be to develop a monograph that will provide practical guidance for implementing the moral imperative of Pap screening in lower-income settings. The document will fill an important knowledge gap in the medical literature and will supplement existing global health guidelines.