Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Malawi.1 In response, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Malawi developed the National Cervical Cancer Control Strategy 2016-2020. The strategy outlines comprehensive interventions, including the integration of cervical cancer screening services into HIV care.
In 2019, I-TECH supported the review and update of the National Cervical Cancer Guidelines and the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework in partnership with the Department of Reproductive Health and the Department of HIV/AIDS in Malawi. As part of that support, the team conducted a survey to establish which sites in the South West Zone had received equipment for cervical screening and treatment services from the MoH and found that 45 health facilities offer services.
To ensure that the strategy endorses current evidence-base approaches and M&E frameworks, the team convenes cervical cancer partner meetings to draft standard operating procedures and the M&E framework, revise monitoring tools, and conduct situational analyses.
In addition to contributing to national strategy updates, I-TECH is working with the MoH to ensure same-day treatment or follow-up for all pre-cancerous lesions.
1 Government of Malawi, National Cervical Cancer Control Strategy 2016-2020.