Project Teal provides first ever Hong Kong program offering cervical cancer co-testing to underprivileged women


Posted on 10 May, 2018

On May 9th, KLF with a group of dedicated partners jointly announced the results of Project Teal Phase 1 in a Press Conference held at Eaton Club.

Speakers at the press event included Dr. Chan Kar-loen, Clinical Associate Professor at Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, The University of Hong Kong, Mrs. Cheung-Ang Siew Mei, Executive Director, Christian Action, a Project Teal participant and our Executive Director.

The panel addressed the programs merits, its outcomes and announced Phase 2 of the project. 

The event was able to generate excellent press coverage.

Project Teal facts:

Project Teal is a pilot program which aims to decrease cases of cervical cancer in underprivileged communities. Cervical cancer is the eighth most common cancer affecting women in Hong Kong, yet one of the only preventable cancers. By addressing the gaps in education and access to screening and treatment, we hope to lower the incidence of cervical cancer in Hong Kong, so women can live productive lives within the family and society.

Project Teal supports women throughout their journey. The program provides free cervical cancer screening services, monitoring and evaluation for women. Some 150 women aged between 30 – 59, participated in the pilot cervical cancer screening program which was run from August 2017 to February 2018.  The cervical cancer screening was done by co-testing with a Pap test and high-risk HPV test. Out of the 150 women, 138 were clear of cervical cancer or the risk of cervical cancer, and they are advised to return for another screening in five years’ time.   Women whose test results were abnormal have had access to follow-ups.  

Project Teal is a collaboration between KLF, Christian Action, Central Health Medical Practices and Roche Diagnostics. Project Teal is aligned to United Nation’s Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 3 (Good Health & Well Being). SDG 3.7 aims to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programs by 2030.