• In Malaysia, cervical cancer is the top 3 most common cancer among women.

  • Cervical cancer strikes women in the prime of their lives - 3 out of 4 women in Malaysia with cervical cancer are below the age of 64.

  • 99% of cervical cancer cases are caused by high-risk HPV (Human Papillomavirus) types.

  • Only 25% of eligible women had a pap smear done from 2013 to 2017.

Barriers to a successful screening program related to the conventional screening method, Pap smear are:

  • Fear

  • Embarrassment

  • Inconvenience

  • Lack of awareness about cervical screening

  • Poor infrastructure

  • Lack of dedicated resources/staff

Program ROSE uses a revolutionary approach to cervical screening by:

Featuring self-sampling by women themselves, instead of pelvic examination by healthcare professionals.

HPV testing, instead of a pap smear diagnostic test for abnormal cells.

Using a secure digital e-health platform that empowers women to register and have all their follow up communicated through their mobile phone.

Program ROSE was specifically designed for Malaysian women.
This evidence based approach can save lives and spare women and families from the suffering and financial hardship associated with cervical cancer.

Program ROSE answers WHO's Call to Action

"Cervical cancer affects over half a million women each year, and kills a quarter of a million. One woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes, making it one of the greatest threats to women’s health.

Each one is a tragedy, and we can prevent it. Most of these women are not diagnosed early enough, and lack access to life-saving treatment. If we don’t act, deaths from cervical cancer will rise by almost 50% by 2030.

During my campaign in 2016, I made a commitment to support the global elimination of cervical cancer. I reiterated that commitment when I was elected as Director-General a year ago. We have the tools to turn that commitment into a reality.

We cannot succeed without all of you.

Please join us in making cervical cancer history."  (1)

- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, 

Director-General of World Health Organization 

19th May 2018 


Finalist for 2018 UICC Collaboration Award

In 2018, Pilot Project ROSE (now known as Program ROSE) was shortlisted as a finalist for the UICC (Union for International Cancer Control) Collaboration Award. Read more here.



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