Cervical Cancer Prevention
THPS continues to contribute in reduction of cervical cancer burden in the country through supporting routine screening and treatment of women of sexual reproductive health (both HIV positive and negative). The support has been through training of providers on screening using Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) placement of screening equipment for VIA, cryotherapy (freezing with liquid carbon dioxide) and for bigger lesions Loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEP), data collection and ongoing supportive supervision. THPS also initiated CECAP services in Mtwara region and Zanzibar where these were nonexistent in public health facilities, and strengthened the ones in Pwani and Kigoma regions.
Between 2011 and 2017 over 48,000 women have been reached with cervical cancer presentation services.
At National level, THPS in collaboration with Tanzania Network of Women living with HIV (TNW+) with funding from UNAIDS/ Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is implementing a project named as ‘Jali Afya’ to conduct demand creation among women living with HIV and low income women for breast and cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment in four regions of Tanzania mainland (i.e. Geita, Njombe, Tanga, and Songwe regions). The project is working through existing health and community systems within the local government authorities (LGA) to ensure sustainable services after the end of the project. Eligible women are sensitized by a group of 30 TOTs TNW+ members and encouraged to access existing screening services done using Visual Inspection with Acetic acid.
The specific project objectives are:
- Create awareness on cervical and breast cancer screening, prevention and treatment to women living with HIV (WLHIV) in communities across four target regions of Tanga , Geita , Songwe and Njombe
- Develop resource materials and job aides on cervical and breast cancer targeting WLHIV, with messages for and by WLHIV. in collaboration with MoHCDGEC (Reproductive and Child Health and Health Education Units)
- Conduct TOT trainings for 30 WLHIV to serve as Trainers of CBOs on cervical cancer screening, prevention and treatment in four focus regions
- Strengthen capacity of TNW+ and Council Health Management Teams to sustain cervical and breast cancer services in four focus regions