By: Obipiseibima Priscilla Aggokabo
Global Impact for Rural Innovation Foundation in partnership with the Better Life Initiatives is embarking on a campaign on the ``Human papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer Screening amongst women living in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana).
Cervical cancer is a malignant tumor of the lowermost part of the uterus(womb) of a female, this part is known as the Cervix. The organism responsible for this infection is a strain of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV 16/18). This is transmitted mostly through sexual intercourse. There are over 100 strains of this virus and it related to cancers of the anus, vulva, vagina, penis, and oropharynx.
As in the case of many cancers, this condition progresses slowly and may be asymptomatic in the very early years. It later presents with irregular menstruation, vaginal bleeding, pain during sexual intercourse and abnormal vaginal discharge, loss of appetite, weight loss and the like. Unfortunately, many at risk in developing countries are not aware of these and the few with varying degrees of knowledge are left helpless since there is not enough intervention to assist them.
According to statistics from the World health organization report on cervical cancer in 2018, the fourth most common cancer among women had an estimated new case of 570,000 new cases. Globally, over 311,000 deaths occur from cervical cancer every year. Unfortunately, 90 % of deaths related to this are from low- and middle-income countries. In Africa, over 68,000 new cases are confirmed yearly. 34 out of every 100 000 women in Africa are diagnosed with cervical cancer of which 23 out of every 100 000 women die from cervical cancer every year. In Ghana, a recent survey by the Ghana health service obstetrics and gynecology association and Joy news estimated about 4 deaths each day from cervical cancer and its related conditions. According to the world health organization, more than 10,000 deaths related to cervical cancer occur in Nigeria, hence the reason for this advocacy and awareness.
Generally, GIRIF wants to contribute to a reduction of the alarming rate of cancer prevalence in rural communities in West Africa by education, screening, vaccination and following up on suspected cases.
OTHER PROJECT ACTIVITIES
A public lecture would be given on the importance of the HPV vaccine and the Pap smear screening exercise to avoid deaths as a result of cervical cancer. This is ongoing on various social media platforms.
Though in the long term it will be of great relief to the society as a whole, the core group includes women between 13 to 49 years. Vaccination will be in the interest of those at an early age and not exposed whiles screening and follow up will be for those advanced in years.
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WHAT GIRIF WANTS
Global Impact for Rural Innovation Foundation solicits for your support with regards to the human papilloma virus vaccine campaign.
WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN
We are confident that we can meet the challenges ahead and stand ready to partner with you in delivering to help our campaign on ``Human papilloma Virus and Cervical Cancer Screening amongst women living in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana).
We hope to hear from you with a minimum of delay to discuss further this partnership proposal.