Girls in Rural Zimbabwe do not have access to information on cancer screening and this has had impact on their sexual reproductive health rights. The project is to reach out to 5000 rural girls in Zvishavane district, Zimbabwe. The Project will see 5000 women undertaking breast and cervical cancer screening through a mobile outreach program by 2 volunteer doctors who are MACO board members.
The district has only one cancer screening machine with a population of more than 40 000 women. The furthest distance to the district hospital is 70km and as such not all women and girls can access the services they require due to other challenges like transport cost and its unavailability . The hospital can only screen less than 50 women and girls per month due to competing duties and as such the need for a mobile outreach is dire. The mobile outreach will focus only on girls of up to 18yrs.
Mobile Cancer Screening will access 5000 girls who are not get a chance in life to have screened at the district hospital. The outreach will take the services to where the girls are and as such the screening will be effective unlike at the district hospital where women and girls will be presenting conditions needing investigations.
Cancer is on the rise in Zimbabwean women and girls and as such regular screening will help early detection of cancer and treated. information disseminated during the outreach will help communities to be informed on cancer issues and make informed healthy choices where necessary for cancer screening. The project will solve the lack of access to cancer screening by 5000 girls from hard to reach areas.