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MEWATA UPDATES ON CERVICAL CANCER INTERVENTIONS IN MWANZA REGION BETWEEN 2014 AND 2016

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In 2014 MEWATA conducted mass screening in Mwanza region where 5224 women were screened for breast cancer and 2039 screened cervical cancer.

To make cervical cancer screening services sustainable, MEWATA in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Community Development Gender Elderly and Children conducted training to 15 Health care workers from health facilities in Mwanza on how to screen cervical cancer through Visual Inspection by using Acetic Acid (VIA) and treat early lesion by using Cryotherapy machine (Tiba mgando).


Due to high demand of services in Mwanza, in 2016 MEWATA conducted another training to scale up more screening services in the region, where MEWATA trained 18 health care providers from Misungwi, Nyamagana and Ilemela Districts as seen in the table below;

 

District

Facility

# of HCP

Misungwi

Bukumbi Hospital

2

Misasi Health Centre

3

Buhingo Dispensary

2

Nyamagana

Nyamagana Hospital

1

Makongoro Health Centre

1

Bugando Medical Centre

2

CHMT

1

Ilemela

Igoma Health Centre

3

Buzuruga Health Centre

3

 

In November 2016, MEWATA conducted another mass screening where the official launch was done at the Furahisha stadium. In this screening MEWATA was able to screen 4089 women for breast cancer and 2897 women were screened for cervical cancer.

 

The table below shows a summary of the total women in Mwanza who were screened by MEWATA through mass screening events.

 

 

Breast cancer

Cervical cancer

2014

5228

2039

2016

4089

2897

TOTAL

9317

4936

 

MEWATA was able to implement the above interventions in Mwanza Region under the financial support from Brystol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) through Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon project.

 

MY LIFE, MY HEALTH

ORAL HEALTH TIPS
The cardinal messages are as listed below:

  1. Reduce frequent intake of sugared foods and drinks
  2. Brush your teeth with Fluoridated tooth paste in the morning and before going to bed at night
  3. Avoid tobacco use, both smoking and snuffing
  4. Prevent injuries by observing traffic rules, play safe games
  5. Dental check-up at least once a year especially for children is important to see how the dentition is fairing (check for new and old lesions as well as arrangement of teeth)
  6. Persistent ulcers should be reported to the clinic

IMPORTANT: To Visit a Dentist/Dental Clinic at Least Once a Year for Oral Health Check-Up

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The per-conference Event
Aim of this activity was to sensitize the community on the importance of male involvement in improving reproductive and child health More Gallery