Because of the strong demonstrated association between cervical cancer and HIV, PEPFAR (U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) supported our efforts to establish cervical cancer screening and treatment in Zambia, with support through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In January 2006, the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia (CCPPZ) was born. Between 2006 and 2015, the CCPPZ accomplished the following:
- Screened over 200,000 women cervical pre-cancer and cancer. The programme has prevented an estimated one cervical cancer death for every 46 HIV-positive women screened.
- Established a gynaecologic oncology consultation service in Lusaka, Zambia.
- Implemented cervical cancer services at multiple clinics, integrating HIV testing and STI treatment options.
- Provided hands-on clinical training for over 200 healthcare professionals from 13 nations (12 African).
- Developed a novel quality improvement model for cervical cancer prevention programmes incorporating electronic data collection, distance consultation, enhanced digital imaging, and peer review.