The second phase of our study - evaluation of the prevalence of HPV subtypes associated with cervical cancer - is ongoing and we are still recruiting women diagnosed with cervical cancer. To date a total of 127 patients have been enrolled; tissue and serum are being collected. In February 2012 the serum samples were shipped to the US to get tested.
As you know, Mali is currently facing a political crisis. On March 21st, 2012 renegade soldiers from the Malian military launched a coup d’état and attacked several locations in the capital city of Bamako. Our staff reported that the flow of activities at the hospital and in the lab slowed down but the study was able to continue without interruption.
In light of this recent political instability, we are trying to secure funds to ensure our programs are not interrupted.
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