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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No Woman Should Die from Cervical Cancer

Girls 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

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Small Projects, Big Results: 5 Game-Changing Ideas for Girls and Women

PSI’s team of technical experts, in consultation with health practitioners around the globe, have developed five simple ideas to deliver better health for girls and women, quickly and affordably. Lifesaving solutions to some of the most challenging health problems for girls and women already exist. But often, finding sustainable, cost-effective ways to deliver them poses

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Screening and Preventing Cervical Cancer in Zambia

CSIS traveled to Zambia to document the ways that cervical cancer impacts women in the country. Janet Fleischman and Julia Nagel spoke with provincial coordinator for the cervical cancer screening program Dr. Joan Katema. She told them that the attention has been on issues like HIV/AIDS, while women continue to die from cervical cancer. “But we’d still find that despite [women] accessing the ARVs and all the services that come with the ART clinic, they were still dying from cervical cancer,” she said.

Watch the video to learn more and here is a further explanation of what is being done in Zambia to address cervical cancer.

The Zambian government has also been very engaged in PRRR, led by the first lady, Dr. Christine Kaseba Sata, an obstetrician and gynecologist herself. The impact of this leadership is apparent, according to a nurse supervisor with the cervical cancer program: “We’ve been encouraged a lot by our women leaders in this country… including the First Lady. She’s been talking about cervical cancer screening and [its] importance a lot on TV, on radio, and so as a result, we’ve seen that a lot of women have reacted positively, received the message and have come in for screening.”

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