How Cervical Cancer Counseling Saves Lives

By Cat Normile, Project Manager, NCDs, PSI In India, nearly one woman dies from cervical cancer every seven minutes, and yet the disease is highly preventable if women are screened and treated early. Community mobilizers like Soni play a critical role in educating their peers about screening and treatment options. Through their personal commitment to

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What Common Kitchen Ingredient Can Help Detect Cervical Cancer?

By Kaylin Fabian, Associate Program Manager, Communications, PSI Table vinegar can detect early signs of cervical cancer. You read that right. Each year, cervical cancer kills 270,000 women and a third of these deaths occur in just one country: India. That is why Kathy Vizas, a member of PSI’s philanthropic initiative, Maverick Collective, is supporting

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PBS NewsHour Features PSI Cervical Cancer Program

Each year, 250,000 women die of cervical cancer worldwide. The majority of these deaths occur in India. PSI is working to ensure no woman dies from this preventable disease. The cervical cancer screening and treatment program in Uttar Pradesh, India, supported by PSI’s philanthropic partner Kathy Vizas, uses vinegar so that doctors can identify lesions

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Do You Know How to Prevent Cervical Cancer?

By Dr. Heather White, Technical Advisor- NCDs, PSI  Cervical cancer is the number one cancer killer of women in most developing countries. Each year, roughly 525,000 women develop cervical cancer and over 265,000 women die from the disease.[1][2] Almost 90% of the disease burden lies in developing countries where access to screening programs are not readily

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The Three Non-Communicable Diseases Collaboration Can Solve

Through collaboration, prevention and treatment, we can prevent women across the developing world from contracting cervical cancer. This past Saturday, February 4, was World Cancer Day. To raise awareness around important diseases like cervical cancer, PSI’s Cate O’Kane and Dr. Heather White teamed up with Pyxera to talk about preventing and treating non-communicable diseases. The

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#CervicalChat: Ending Cervical Cancer in a Generation

250,000 women across the world die of cervical cancer each year. February is Global Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. MobileODT, creator of the innovative EVA system for cervical cancer screening, chatted with PSI, Prevent Cancer, MD Anderson, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and Grounds for Health to learn how we can provide women with resources for how

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Mandy Moore in a focus group

Strengthen Indian Women’s Health, Strengthen India

Day 2 in India with Mandy Moore and PSI

Screening Women for Cervical Cancer On day two, actress, singer-songwriter and PSI Global Ambassador Mandy Moore and the PSI team drove through the lively, green streets of Lucknow and arrived at Veerangana Avanti Bai Mahila Chikitsalaya Hospital, a district hospital supported through government funding. In partnership with Kathy Vizas, an attorney and advocate dedicated to

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Pathways to Prevention: Choosing the Right Cervical Cancer Test

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Many women are familiar with the uncomfortable but necessary Pap smear – a common procedure that screens for cervical cancer. The Pap smear involves scraping cells from a woman’s cervix and then sending it to a lab for analysis. Because the procedure requires specialized medical training and complex diagnostic

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A Powerful Combination

Reaching challenging populations by integrating services under a social franchise brand

By Stephano Gudukeya, PSI Zimbabwe This year’s AIDS Conference has been a whirlwind of activity and information. One topic that has come up time and again is linkages and the challenges involved with connecting people to the services they need. It seems like a no-brainer – when services are integrated, it’s easier for people to

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Defeating Cervical Cancer with Vinegar in Zambia

The HPV vaccine has proved to be an invaluable development against the development of cervical cancer in women. It is already saving lives.

However vinegar, the same thing you find in your household pantry, is also vital to making sure that lives are not lost to cervical cancer. With just a simple swab of vinegar, a medical professional can detect whether or not a woman has cervical cancer. The immediate feedback, ease of use and cheap cost means that more women will be diagnosed earlier.

Lauren Bohn recently wrote about its impact on women in Zambia for The Daily Beast.

For the N’gombe health clinic’s community health-care manager, Ignicious Bulango, the method is indeed transformative, but the country still has a long way to go. “Cervical cancer, and cancer in general, isn’t necessarily on the radar like malaria and HIV/AIDS for the majority of Zambians and most of Africa, but we’re getting there,” he said. “It’s a process.”

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One Woman's Battle with Cervical Cancer May Help Save a Neighborhood

Gabrielle Fitzgerald if the Director of Program Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  She travelled to Myanmar last week with Population Services International, an NGO that has worked in Myanmar for nearly 20 years.  Dr. Aye Aye Mu is a health provider in the SUN Quality Health Network, a health franchise run by PSI. This originally appeared in the Impatient Optimists blog.

Dr. Aye Aye Mu runs a thriving medical practice in the North Okkalapa Township in Myanmar’s capital of Yangon.  Her office can be found after winding through labyrinthine, rutted roads, filled with puddles from the morning’s torrential rain.  She gave up her middle-class existence to move with her family to this neighborhood, so she could be closer to the people that needed her most.

One of those people is Ma Ni, who is dying of cervical cancer on the floor of her two-room home near Dr. Aye Aye Mu’s office. Dying of any kind of cancer anywhere in the world is sad, but this case is particularly heart-rending because cervical cancer is so easily preventable.

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Cowal and Seffrin: No Woman Should Die from Cervical Cancer

This special edition of Impact, the global health magazine of PSI, was produced in partnership with Women Deliver and the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. This issue, launched in conjunction with the Women Deliver 2013 Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, brings insightful dialogue on the value of investing in girls and women’s health. Our hope is that this issue will call attention to the urgent need for increased investment in girls and women in the developing world. 

cervicalcancer-biophotoGirls and women in the developing world are losing the fight against cervical cancer because we have failed to close deadly gaps in prevention, screening and treatment that could spare their lives and end this disease.

More than 85 percent of the estimated 275,000 women who die from cervical cancer globally every year live in low- and middle income countries.

As global leaders convene in Kuala Lumpur for the third Women Deliver conference, the American Cancer Societyand PSI are proud to join forces with other critical members of civil society to raise our collective voices and amplify the message that no woman should die from cervical cancer. We know what it takes to save lives from this disease – and we have a moral obligation to ensure that all girls and women, regardless of their location, benefit from this knowledge.

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