Soon after IMA’s successful “SMK Day” expectant women in Haiti received Safe Motherhood Kits™! They were so thrilled to receive these life-saving kits that contain essential clean and sterile supplies that will help reduce their risk of child birth-related infection. Each kit contained gloves, umbilical tie, scalpel, gauze pads, plastic sheeting, bar of soap, washcloth and baby hat, blanket and outfit. According to the World Health Organization, for every woman who dies in childbirth, 20 more suffer injury, infection or disease.
Thanks to your support we have been able to deliver much needed Safe Motherhood Kits™ to Haiti, South Sudan, and Eastern DR Congo. But we still have much work to do – every minute, a woman dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.
IMA is happy to announce that we are planning another “SMK Day” for May 3, 2014. We invite and encourage you to help us prepare! Your support can continue to provide Safe Motherhood Kits™ for many mothers and their children in developing countries like Haiti where their maternal mortality rates are among the highest in the world.
Doesn’t every mother and child deserve a safe birth?
We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to your ongoing partnership with us as we strive to save more women and children in need around the world.
In efforts to prevent and control cervical cancer, IMA World Health, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOHSW) has established cervical cancer screening sites in two districts of the Mara Region located in northwestern Tanzania. 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. IMA’s cervical cancer prevention program has been in operation since 2011 and to date nearly 5,000 women have been screened and treated.
IMA’s cervical cancer screening and treatment techniques use the visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) approach as well as the Single Visit Approach (SVA) as outlined in the MOHSW’s Tanzania Service Delivery Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control. Screenings are offered daily, and if diagnosed positive with pre-cancerous cells, the woman is treated with cryotherapy. SVA allows women to be screened and treated on the same day so they do not have to come back for treatment should they be diagnosed with pre-cancerous cervical cancer cells. This approach is beneficial to the women screened, as health facilities are sometimes very far from their home and having to make multiple trips after diagnosis may result in the women not returning for treatment. This is very unfortunate as cervical cancer is highly curable if diagnosed and treated early.
Due to the growing need for cervical cancer screening and treatment in the rural areas surrounding the health facilities IMA engages in outreach activities providing cervical cancer screening and treatment at the community level. On June 6th, IMA provided an outreach screening where they provided HIV testing as well as cervical cancer screening and treatment at the Tarime District Hospital, located in the Mara Region near the Kenyan border. Originally it was scheduled for two (2) days and 150 women but the turnout was so great, the event was extended to three (3) days and 560 women were screened. Of the 560 women screened, 23 were HIV positive (4%) and 15 were VIA+ (3%), of the 15 that were VIA+, 4 were HIV+ (27%).
Through the years, treatments have been developed for infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. These diseases impact the lives of all people especially women in developing countries but in recent years non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer are also being diagnosed. It is so unfortunate that we can save a woman from dying of HIV/AIDS only for her to be diagnosed and die from such a treatable disease as cervical cancer. Through continued support, IMA can maintain the cervical cancer screening and treatment program to save the lives of women in Tanzania.
Thirteen year-old Amos had been a healthy child butshortly after his 12th birthday he started to feel sick. He began toget chronic nosebleeds and eventually he noticed a lump forming on the leftside of his jaw. According to Amos’ Aunt Sara his face had completely changedwithin two weeks. The tumor was growing rapidly.
He had to stop going to school because his aunt and teacherswere afraid of further injuries. Amos is an orphan, his mother died of HIV whenhe was 9 years old and his father is bed ridden because like Amos’ mom, he toohas HIV. Amos lives with his aunt who is married with three children.
Amos’ aunt lives 100 kilometers from the districthospital. He had to wait two weeks for his aunt to sell her two chickens for 8,000Tshs ($5 USD), to get bus fare so they could go to the hospital. Unfortunately,at the hospital, Amos was mistakenly diagnosed as having a dental abscess andtherefore was given antibiotics for seven days with no improvement, needless tosay the tumor continued to grow. This was a concern to both Amos’ aunt and thehealth workers. At that time, Amos was referred to Muhimbili National Hospital soadditional test could be conducted.
At Muhimbili, Amos was examined by several healthworkers, Burkitt’s Lymphoma (BL) was diagnosed and treatment started. Amosexperience marked improvements after receiving the first cycle of treatment.Currently, Amos is receiving treatment to complete the required 6 cycles ofchemotherapy to dissolve the BL tumor and the growth is beginning to shrink. Hisprognosis is good. In most cases, BL tumors respond quickly to treatment anddissolve completely after treatment.