What is the Cervical Cancer Free Nigeria (CCFN) Campaign?
The CCFN campaign is a grassroots initiative to eradicate cervical cancer from Nigeria by raising awareness about preventing cervical cancer with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
- Cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in Nigerian women
- One Nigerian woman dies of cervical cancer every 8 hours
- >95% of cervical cancers can be prevented with a safe and effective HPV vaccine
Harnessing The Power of Education
The GO Comic Book
- Set in modern day Lagos, Nigeria
- Uses comic style imagery and storytelling to teach children and their families about the causes of cancer, the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and how the HPV vaccine in particular prevents cervical cancer
- Dispels myths and misconceptions generally associated with cancer
The goal is to introduce this engaging educational comic to children and adolescents in their classrooms who will, in turn, share the comic with the adults in their lives, thereby achieving widespread reach and improved uptake of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention.
Educating while Entertaining
With the myriad challenges presented by COVID-19, we pivoted; partnering with politicians, physicians, activists and leaders in the private and public sector to bring cervical cancer and HPV vaccine awareness to the Nigerian public through other means. Including:
- Social media awareness campaigns
- An "animatic" version of the Comic Book that is more widely accessible
- Interviews with our Global Ambassadors
Vaccines have been effective at either eliminating, or virtually eliminating, an array of deadly diseases including smallpox, polio, measles and influenza. We hope to spread awareness of and access to the HPV vaccine so we can help eradicate HPV-related cancers by 2030, in keeping with the World Health Organization’s recently set goals.