Sep 20, 2011

New Initiative Announced to Address the Increase in Cervical Cancer Cases in Sub-Saharan Africa

AUTHOR:Ghana News AgencySOURCE:Ghana News Agency

Cervical cancer is quickly becoming the most commmon illness for women living in Sub-Saharan Africa causing 275,000 deaths each year. The elevated number of cases is a result of the inaccessibility of simple preventive measures such as the HPV vaccine and pelvic exams. Between 80 and 90% of Sub-Saharan women have never had a pelvic exam. The frequency of HIV is also responsible for increasing the number of cases because women who are HIV+ are more likely to develop cervical cancer than women who are HIV-. 

The recently announced Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership will use an initial $75 million dollar investment to reduce the number of deaths resulting from breast cancer and cervical cancer in both Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Access to screening and treatment will be increased as a result of this initiative. Cervical cancer screenings will be incorporated into HIV screenings because many of the methods used for HIV care are also useful for the treatment of cervical cancer. 

Life for Mothers is pleased to hear about this new effort to bring attention to women's health in Sub-Saharan Africa. While the purpose of this program differs from our mission, it's goals align with ours in reducing the social stigma that prevents women from accessing care, facilitating access to prevention methods and treatment, encouraging cooperation between the private and public sector, and engaging the community in healthcare. 

To read the original article at Ghana News Agency, click here

Did you know?

Every year, more than one million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal death.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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