IMA World Health

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Sep 6, 2013

Saving Agnes

Agnes after receiving treatment.
Agnes after receiving treatment.

Agnes was sick for almost a month. Her family sought answers in both traditional and western medicine – to no avail. After two months Agnes was brought to Muhimbili National Hospital – Pediatric Oncology ward, where a biopsy was performed. The biopsy was positive for Burkitt’s Lymphoma (BL). Agnes began treatment and had a very positive response.

 

 “I was worried, and asking myself; where did this come from? Why my child? I had never seen such a disease in our area. I did everything I could do but my daughter’s condition was deteriorating. My neighbors told me it was witchcraft which I believed. I wasted my time and the little money I had, visiting traditional healers without help. Thanks to the Doctors and nurses at Muhimbili, who have brought my child back to life,” said Agnes’ father.

 

Agnes’s condition improved within the first week of treatment and the tumor began to diminish.  IMA’s Burkitt’s Lymphoma treatment program consists of six chemotherapy treatment cycles over a period of 12 weeks.  Agnes’s father stayed in the hospital for 3 months enabling his daughter to complete her treatment.  He is now bringing her regularly for the necessary follow-up to closely monitor her remission.

 

Learn more about this life-saving program and how you can help us save more children like Agnes.  Visit our project page!

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Aug 21, 2013

Safe Motherhood Kits in Haiti

Women in Haiti receiving Safe Motherhood Kits
Women in Haiti receiving Safe Motherhood Kits

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.

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Jul 26, 2013

Screening and Treatment In One Day

Outreach screening event in Tanzania
Outreach screening event in Tanzania

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.

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