We are excited to report that over the past six months, Grounds for Health-trained doctors and nurses in Kigoma, Tanzania have screened just over 1,000 women for cervical cancer on their own. There are now 11 sites up and running in this region, where we partner with the Kanyovu Coffee Cooperative, Jane Goodall Institute and ICAP.
Of the women with positive test results, the overwhelming majority (>85%) have received treatment with cryotherapy. Women receiving treatment means that cervical cancer is being prevented from developing. The ongoing dedication of the doctors and nurses with whom we collaborate is humbling. Despite major shortages of personnel, they continue to prioritize cervical cancer prevention and offer these services to women in their communities.
Our training team will be returning to Kigoma next week for two simultaneous trainings of doctors and nurses in Kigoma. This will be followed by a new site visit with Kili Cafe in Kilimanjaro Region and a GFH presentation at the EAFCA conference in Moshi on February 18th.
Stay tuned for next month’s E-news, where we’ll report on those developments.