500,000 women get cervical cancer per year. The vast majority are in poor countries. This disease is preventable! A low-tech method to screen and treat pre-cancer exists (See and Treat) that gives women the dignity to avoid a long, painful death! We teach local clinicians in Quang Ninh, Vietnam to visually inspect the cervix with vinegar in order to diagnose precancerous lesions. We can freeze off lesions with cryotherapy. We donate equipment and ongoing money to sustain these permanent clinics.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Cervical cancer is a deadly epidemic in developing countries that is easily preventable. It is the leading cause of cancer death among women in these countries. Women do not have access to any form of diagnosis or treatment due to lack of appropriate resources and healthcare infrastructure. All women benefit from screening for cervical cancer since 10-15% of women in developing countries will test positive for pre-cancer. 90% of women who are found to be positive will be cured with cryotherapy.
How will this project solve this problem?
The See and Treat procedure is a sustainable, accurate, and cost-effective way to save women's lives. The whole procedure can be performed in a single visit to a clinic with a trained healthcare worker. We train local healthcare workers in the procedure, provide them with all of the equipment, and give them an ongoing stipend so that they can continue to screen and treat women for cervical cancer long after we leave. This particular model has the potential to help an infinite number of women!
Potential Long Term Impact
Training local healthcare providers in the See and Treat procedure allows them to screen and treat women for many years. Additionally, healthcare staff can teach other healthcare workers. In this way, we not only save lives, but we also empower women to help themselves indefinitely. Moreover, this saves the lives of countless children because we have saved their mothers. All of this will help to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer in Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,535
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $13,465
Total Funding Goal: $15,000