We believe that a woman is the nucleus of her family, and when she becomes ill or dies, her children, family and community suffer. We work with programs to minimize these far-reaching consequences.
We promote models that work on the principle of task shifting: to shift less sophisticated procedures such as cervical cancer screening and early treatment from highly trained professionals (such as physicians) to nurses and community health workers (CHWs) with appropriate training. This is essential, particularly in regions of the world where there are acute shortages in human resources.
Our partners and collaborators are currently using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) to detect early precancerous changes. Treatment is then followed by “cryotherapy” (freezing of cells) when appropriate. Those with advanced disease are referred to clinics and hospitals in the area wherever possible.
In the near future, we hope to introduce objective, more accurate cost effective technologies such as HPV DNA testing and biomarkers that identify host cell integration as a precursor to cervical pre-cancer and cancer.