Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women across the world. The World Health Organization's (WHO) principal strategy to control cervical cancer is based on community education, prevention and screening of precancerous lesions.
In a country like Haiti where resources are limited, one of the prevention methods recommended by the WHO is visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) followed by treatment of identified lesions through this method with cryotherapy (known as see and treat). IHI is helping the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) to implement this method into the basic reproductive health care package offered by the country's public hospitals. The integration of the method int...
The IHI team continues to bring cancer awareness to the people of Haiti. Yesterday morning, the team visited two churches in the town of Léogane, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake. We spoke to over 200 people about the importance of early screening as well as the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Over the past week, the IHI team has visited a number of towns in the west and southeast of Haiti to educate communities on breast and cervical cancers. Using booklets that IHI developed through community-based research methods over the past year, the team has completed the seminars in churches, local organizations, schools, and health centers in Jacmel, Carrefour, and Croix-des-Bouquets. In the span of a week, over 1400 women, men, boys and girls have participated in the seminars!