IMA currently implements cervical cancer programs at established health facilities, Shirati Hospital and Musoma Regional Hospital, both in the Mara region. Due to the growing need for cervical cancer screening and treatment services in the rural areas surrounding these two health facilities, IMA also engages in outreach activities providing cervical cancer screening and treatment at the community level. On June 6th, IMA provided an outreach screening where HIV testing as well as cervical cancer screening and treatment were provide at Tarime District Hospital, also located in the Mara Region but near the Kenyan border. Originally scheduled for two days for 150 women, but the turnout exceeded expectations so the event was extended to three days where 560 women were screened for cervical cancer. Of those screened, 15 were diagnosed with precancerous lesions and received cryotherapy treatment the same day.
Nyafuru Masoya Matiku, a participant at the cervical cancer screening at Tarime District Hospital, is a 31 year old woman with four children, three boys and one girl. When asked would you vaccinate your daughter she stated, “yes, that is the preferred prevention method for my child to be protected from cervical cancer.” Nyafuru is from Nyamongo, a town in northern Tarime, approximately 316 km from Arusha and an hour from Musoma Regional Hospital. Nyafuru paid 5,000 TSH (approximately $3.00) to get to the screening at Tarime District Hospital, which shows her determination because the majority of people prefer to go to health facilities that are walking distance from their home. Nyafuru heard about the screening while at the hair salon, there women were talking about the screening and which day they planned to attend.
Nyafuru brought two women from her village with her to the screening event so they too could be screened for cervical cancer. In addition to cervical cancer screening, Nyafuru was also offered and agreed to be tested for HIV. When asked her thoughts on the screenings being offered in Tarime she remarked, “please keep coming to help us because we need this service here in Tarime.”
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