Health Flagship Program


To significantly lower incidences of gastric, cervical and breast cancers in the country


The goal of the Health Flagship is to reduce the incidences of Gastric, Cervical and Breast cancers

  • Reduce the incidences of Gastric, Cervical and Breast cancers
  • Reduce mortality due to Gastric, Cervical and Breast cancers
  • Have an effective screening program for Gastric, Cervical and Breast cancers


  • To start an H. pylori screening and treatment program: Considering that the H. pylori infection rate is very high, a population based treat and test approach will be instituted. All people 20 – 45 years of age will be offered H. pylori treatment and a cure test using the Urea Breath Test (UBT) will be carried out after 6-8 weeks.
  • To expand endoscopy services: Endoscopy would be used in conjunction with the UBT and used as a diagnostic tool for people above 45 years of age and as a follow up procedure for people with complaints of gastric disease/discomforts.
  • To introduce HPV testing as a primary screening tool for cervical cancer: This proposal aims to reach more at risk women through the introduction of HPV testing and Liquid Based Cytology (LBC). HPV testing has been shown to be more sensitive and accurate in detecting cervical abnormalities, and much easier to implement than convention cytology.
  • To start a program for screening breast cancer: The strategy for breast cancer screening will include the expansion of mammography services to the two Regional Referral Hospitals backed up by a program of clinical breast examination at the all health centers through the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinics and a mass education program on self-breast examinations.
  • Strategies for all 3 cancers will also involve outreach camps by medical, surgical, gynecologist and other teams to improve reach and follow up interventions.
Program Focus Area

Tentative outlay: Nu 1109.572 million

Screening and early detection of Gastric, Cervical and Breast Cancer