"I never complained about my health and could never predict that I had such a disease," says Gavhar a 50-year-old schoolteacher from Nukus region as she explains her shock upon learning about her condition. Gavhar took part in cervical cancer screening, which is part of the joint UNFPA-WHO cervical cancer screening program that aims to complete HPV testing among 50 000 women of 30-55 years old in the Republic of Karakalpakstan until end of February 2022. The project is being realized with the financial support of the Government of Japan. Gavhar recalls how the month-long process from test to surgery began, “I regularly visit the gynecologist at the local clinic, and I was urged by her to get tested, every woman in my age range was being asked to get a test”. Upon learning about her condition, Gavhar explained that she was taken care of by the doctors who took the necessary time to explain that Gavhar still has great potential to live a long healthy life. "I am grateful that the cancer was detected at the right time, and I was taken to get surgery immediately". Through the testing program, Gavhar received an accurate diagnosis early, making it possible for her to both get a test and undergo surgery in her native Nukus without the need to ever travel to another part of the country. Gavhar cheerfully states "I hope to return to the classroom to teach once more, my kids have also been worried, but I am happy that the surgery was a success".

Gavhar’s story highlights how prevention programs can save thousands more women like her all across Uzbekistan."