Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer poses a serious threat to women in resource-limited settings, where an estimated 90% of all newly diagnosed cases develop.1 In women living with HIV, the progression from cervical pre-cancer to cancer is more rapid than in women without HIV.2

From 2013 to 2014, I-TECH supported cervical cancer screening and treatment in Haiti through the organization of trainings on visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and cryotherapy, which helped build the capacity of providers and contributed to risk reduction in cervical cancer, as well as early diagnosis and treatment.

I-TECH currently develops high-quality curricula, organizes training programs, and uses direct service delivery to strengthen and expand access to cervical cancer screening and treatment among women living with HIV; works with the Ministries of Health to update national cervical cancer screening and treatment guidelines; and strengthens routine quality assurance, supervision, mentorship, and coordination of cervical cancer providers.

Program Highlights

Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment in Namibia
I-TECH supported the Ministry of Health and Social Services in 2017 and 2018 in the development and dissemination of the national Cervical Cancer Prevention Guidelines including algorithms for screening, referral, and post cryotherapy instrument disinfection, and monitoring and evaluation tools ...
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Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment Strategy Support in Malawi
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 ...
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Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening in Zimbabwe
I-TECH began the expansion of cervical cancer screening for women living with HIV aged 25-49 in Zimbabwe in 2019. I-TECH initially identified a provisional list of 89 sites for the implementation of visual inspection with acetic acid and cerviography (VIAC). The team then recruited, trained, and deployed dedicated VIAC nurses ...
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Expanding HIV Care and Treatment in Zimbabwe
The ZimPAAC consortium collaborates with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) in Zimbabwe to meet the following primary HIV epidemic control objectives:
  • Diagnose 95% of all persons living with HIV through integrated testing
  • Ensure 95% of individuals diagnosed with HIV are initiated on antiretroviral therapy (ART), retained ...
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References

1Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control: A Guide to Essential Practice, 2nd Ed., World Health Organization.
2Guidelines for Prevention and Treatment of Opportunistic Infections in HIV-Infected Adults and Adolescents, National Institutes of Health.