On May 3, IMA celebrated one of our favorite days of the year: SMK Day. The warehouse in New Windsor was abuzz with volunteers of all ages who wanted to spend their Saturday making a difference.
Over 100 volunteers assembled and boxed 2,800 Safe Motherhood Kits™, preparing them for shipment all over the world. After the volunteers reached their assembly goal, they helped count baby blankets, fold plastic sheets and prepare leftover supplies for the next SMK Day.
At 9:30, the assembly lines paused while IMA honored Pat Amass, the “Mama of the Safe Motherhood Kit™,” who passed away on April 28. Pat, a member of the Rotary Club of Bonds Meadow, approached IMA with the idea for the Safe Motherhood Kit™ in 2007. Since then, thousands of kits have been purchased, assembled and sent to Haiti, South Sudan, DR Congo, Pakistan and many other countries throughout the world.
“I know that Pat is here with us in spirit,” said Rick Santos, President of IMA World Health, following a prayer and moment of silence in her memory. IMA presented the Rotary Club with a plaque in honor of Pat’s vision and partnership, and several members of the club made remarks about her dedication to the project.
IMA would like to thank all of our volunteers for their energy and support, as well as our SMK Day sponsors including New Windsor State Bank, the Rotary Club of Bonds Meadow, WTTR and Westminster United Methodist Church. Additional sponsors included BB&T Bank, Graphcom, Kohn Creative, Performance Food Service, and MTS Travel.
Thank you so much for all your past support. This will be the final report for IMA World Health’s Help Cure Children with Cancer in Tanzania project on Global Giving. IMA will continue this program and continue to raise funds for our cervical cancer prevention and treatment program through our website. Burkitt’s Lymphoma (BL) is a common childhood cancer most often affecting those living in high malaria prevalent areas. BL is a fast growing fatal tumor unless diagnosed and treated appropriately. Currently, IMA works with nearly 20 faith-based and public sector health care facilities to provide proper BL diagnosis and treatment. IMA has a longstanding partnership with Ocean Road Cancer Institute to build capacity of health care facilities through training of health care providers (clinicians, nurses, laboratory, pharmacy staff, and students) on BL diagnosis and case management. To date, IMA has trained over 2,000 health care providers in BL diagnosis and treatment and treated over 4,500 children in 12 regions. In 2009, IMA also facilitated the development of the Burkitt’s Lymphoma National Treatment Guidelines - the first cancer guidelines to be published in the country.Thank you for all your past support. We could not provide the services we have provided over the past few years without your support. You have truly made a difference in the lives of children in need of diagnosis and treatment of Burkitt’s Lymphoma (BL). If you would like to continue to follow or support our work on cervical cancer please visit our website and our Facebook page (links found below). If you would like to continue to support an IMA World Health project through Global Giving please check out our Safe Motherhood Kit project. Again, thank you for all your past support!
Thank you so much for all your past support. This will be the final report for IMA World Health’s Combating Cervical Cancer in Tanzania project on Global Giving. IMA will continue this program and continue to raise funds for our cervical cancer prevention and treatment program through our website. IMA World Health has been implementing cervical cancer prevention and control programs in the Mara Region of northwestern Tanzania since 2011. IMA has screened nearly 5,000 women between 30-40 years of age and treated over 300 women.The main cause of cervical cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that can be passed from one person to another during sexual intercourse. It can be prevented by either primary prevention, through abstinence and HPV vaccination, or secondary prevention by way of screening and treating pre-cancerous lesions. This problem is compounded by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. Being HIV positive increases the risk of developing cervical cancer by at least 50%, as well as contributes to an earlier onset of the disease by 10 years (1).Tanzania has one of the highest cervical cancer burdens in the world, with incidence of 50.9 cases per 100,000 women (2). This burden is 50% higher than the East African average and nine times higher than Europe and North America. However, if pre-cancerous lesions are detected and treated early, cervical cancer is almost 100% curable. IMA selected implementation for the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control program in the Mara Region of Tanzania because it is among regions where HIV prevalence has increased from 3.5% in 2003/04 to 7.7% in 2007/08 (3). IMA has been working in the Mara region for the last 10 years and has a strong working relationship with the health leadership. To overcome the access barrier IMA has engaged in outreach activities providing cervical cancer screening and treatment at the community level in the Tarime, Rorya and Musoma districts. IMA also collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) in the development of national IEC materials to raise community awareness of the importance of cervical cancer screenings and early treatment. In addition, IMA has increased capacity building efforts to include training of health care workers (21) and procurement of necessary equipment for screening and treatment. IMA has also developed a cancer database to capture data of all women screened and treated for cervical cancer at the health facilities. 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. 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. Thank you for all your past support. We could not provide the services we have provided over the past few years without your support. You have truly made a difference in the lives of women in need of cervical cancer screening and treatment. If you would like to continue to follow or support our work on cervical cancer please visit our website and our Facebook page (links found below). If you would like to continue to support an IMA World Health project through Global Giving please check out our Safe Motherhood Kit project. Again, thank you for all your past support!
1 Kehesa C, Mwaiselage J, Wabinga HR, et al 2008. “Association between cancer of the cervix and HIV-1 infection in Tanzania: the need for dual screening” BMC Public Health, 8:262 2 World Health Organization. Tanzania: Human Papillomavirus and Related Cancers, Fact Sheet 2010. http://apps.who.int/hpvcentre/statistics 3 Tanzania HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey. Government of Tanzania. 2007-08