Sarah Soysa Spoke at an Event on NCDs During the Commission on the Status of Women
Sarah Soysa spoke at a side event during the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) called “Healthy Women, Healthy Livelihoods: Delivering an Integrated NCD Response for All.” The event explored the benefits of and need for integrated services, and elucidated the linkages between women’s health, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and women’s livelihoods and economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Sarah’s remarks focused on her work in Sri Lanka, where civil society organizations who typically worked on family planning partnered with the government to incorporate NCDs into their work. These civil society organizations were geared towards adolescents and youth, as many young people in Sri Lanka, particularly girls, held misconceptions about access to services such as cervical cancer screening. These organizations worked with the community leaders, health care providers, religious leaders, and media to encourage young girls to get tested for cervical cancer.