Cervical Cancer Prevention Project
The SOGC is supporting the Société des Gynécologues et Obstétriciens du Burkina Faso (SOGOB) in their efforts to reduce cervical cancer by increasing screening and prevention initiatives in their country.
The project extends over 5 years, with the goal of improving and increasing access to cervical cancer screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions among women 25 to 50 years of age.
Currently, there are over 1,230 women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year in Burkina Faso with opportunities for screening and treatment available only in urban centers, leaving 75% of the population living in rural areas on their own.
There four main components of the project include:
- Ensuring the equipment and necessary supplies for the health centres;
- Training health professionals on screening methods and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions;
- Public awareness activities;
- Advocacy efforts with the government of Burkina Faso.
The SOGC has helped to secure project funding and to have a training program offered by JhPIEGO in order to upgrade the skills of health professionals in Burkina Faso for screening of cervical cancer with VIA.
SOGC members who wish to contribute to the success of SOGOB's cervical cancer prevention project are encouraged to make a donation via the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health. The funds raised will be used to help cover the costs of training and equipment, with each contribution bringing SOGOB one step closer to achieving their goal of reducing the burden of cervical cancer for women of Burkina Faso.
Photo credit: Caroline Montpetit