Our History

The Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme in Zambia (CCPPZ) was conceptualized in 2003 when the need for a national cervical cancer prevention effort became apparent because 80% of beds in the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) gynecology unit were occupied by cervical cancer patients, most of whom had advanced-stage disease and were also HIV-infected. To further substantiate the need for cervical cancer screening Dr. Mulindi Mwanahmamuntu a UTH gynaecologic consultant and surgeon conducted a study of 150 HIV-infected Zambian women  in 2006. This study revealed that greater than 50% of the women had evidence of either severe pre-cancer or cancer.

The results of the original study which prompted the creation of the Cervical Cancer  Prevention Programme in Zambia

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.