IMA World Health's Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment program aims to provide adequate screening and treatment of cervical cancer to reduce the number of deaths due to cervical cancer in the Mara Region of Tanzania. We will be able to accomplish this by continuing to provide training to health care workers and outreach activities to raise community awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screenings and early treatment.
Tanzania has one of the highest cervical cancer burdens in the world, with incidence of 50.9 cases per 100,000 women (cited by the WHO). However, if pre-cancerous lesions are detected and treated early, cervical cancer is almost 100% curable. Unfortunately, the vast majority of patients are seen during the late stages of the disease, which considerably reduces chances of survival. IMA is implementing the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment program in the Mara Region of Tanzania because of our longstanding working relationship with the health leadership in this region. IMA is implementing the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control program by providing appropriate and quality cervical cancer care and treatment services to include screening and treating pre-cancerous lesions on the cervix according to the national guidelines. In addition, IMA is working with hospitals to build community awareness of cervical cancer risks and successes in treatment to promote screening and treatment uptake and demand for these services.
Results to Date
To date IMA has screened over 5,000 women, treated nearly 300 VIA-positive women on the same day as diagnosis and trained 21 health care workers in cervical cancer screening.
Nature of Desired Relationship
IMA is seeking funding for this project - preferably funding for one year. Continued funding for multiple years would also be welcome.