Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Uganda. It leaves children without their mothers, and husbands without their wives. It is one of the most preventable cancers, in fact 93% of cervical cancers could be prevented by screening and HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccination. With this project, WHH is hoping to give women in rural areas of Uganda the access to life-saving cervical cancer screenings.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Ugandan women. Uganda has one of the highest cervical cancer incident rates in the world, and no national cervical cancer prevention and control program. With high rates of HPV infection, and the lack of access to proper medical care and screenings, these deaths will continue to increase.
WHH will provide cervical cancer screenings to Ugandan women in underserved areas and train physicians to serve in those areas. By making these screenings accessible, we hope that the awareness around the prevention of cervical cancer will spread throughout the community. WHH teaches the single visit approach so women, no matter where they live, can be screened and treated.
By providing these screenings, offering support to local clinics and physicians, and raising awareness around the prevention of cervical cancer, we hope to save the lives of hundreds of women and provide the beginnings of a maternal health infrastructure in places where there are none.