Here’s a breakdown of the problem:
Cervical cancer kills more women in Africa than any other cancer, and strikes primarily women ages 25 to 45. As in most resource-constrained nations, the Zambian healthcare system is overburdened and cervical cancer screening and treatment services are limited. In 2005, the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) conducted a pilot study evaluating cervical cancer prevalence among HIV-positive women seeking care at University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. The investigation found evidence of cervical cancer in one-fifth of the women, and evidence of high-grade pre-cancers in one-third.
Responding to women’s need for cervical and breast cancer services in Zambia and the African region
In January 2006, CIDRZ collaborated with the Zambian Ministry of Health, University Teaching Hospital, PEPFAR, and the CDC to establish the Cervical Cancer Prevention Program in Zambia (CCPPZ). CCPPZ originally targeted HIV-positive women, but quickly expanded to offer services for all Zambian women regardless of HIV status.
The Women’s Cancer Control Programme now addresses breast cancer awareness and early detection in addition to cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
This is our vision:
To reduce deaths from women’s cancers (cervical and breast) in Zambia and the African region through education, training, and research; and to develop and implement sustainable and rapidly scalable programmatic models for women’s cancer control.