HealthAid Uganda is carrying out cervical cancer screening for women living in slums of Kampala and those in rural areas, also providing treatment, psychosocial support, nutrition and accommodation to 500 of those diagnosed. This project works with organized groups such as churches, women associations, and local health service providers to promote awareness, early screening, counseling to the family members and the patients, reducing patient abandonment and promoting recovery.
More than 80% of women diagnosed with cervical cancer in Uganda present at a late stage, this is because of low cervical cancer screening rates of 4.8% with incidence rate of 47.5 cases per 100,000; Cited barriers include limited knowledge and awareness; inadequate screening, lack of transport to access services and inadequate supplies at the health facilities. HealthAid Uganda is helping take screening services nearer through screening sites, treatment, nutrition and accommodation.
Through working with churches, women associations and groups provides a direct opportunity to reaching a large number of women with awareness, screening services and supporting those diagnosed get supportive treatment, transport, nutrition and psychosocial support. Car washing grounds in major towns branded with cancer awareness messages will promote awareness and generate income to continuously support the project activities.
The burden of cervical cancer will be seen to drop with wide spread awareness, accessible screening services and improved uptake of HPV vaccine, there will be better community involvement in supporting the affected families. Of the 500 direct beneficiaries, some will be able to testify as survivors hence creating more acceptability and accelerating demand for HPV uptake among young girls as a road map to cervical cancer prevention and control in Uganda.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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