Increasing access and awareness for healthier lives
One third of women’s health issues worldwide are caused by sexual and reproductive health problems (1). Cervical cancer is deadly because it does not present symptoms until a cure is no longer achievable. Cervical cancer is particularly aggressive in women with HIV. Early detection and treatment are critical. Yet screening, prevention, and treatment of breast and cervical cancers have not been a focus in low and middle-income countries—resulting in a million deaths each year.
Gender-based violence, experienced by more than one third of women under 50 around the world, affects women’s health, both physically and mentally. The power imbalance between men and women, one of the root causes of gender-based violence, also affects a woman’s ability to seek health care for herself and her children. In women across Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia, non-communicable diseases including hypertension, heart disease, and asthma are also linked to poverty and a lack of health care access and awareness.
Cervical cancer and diabetes are important and neglected health risks to women in Peru, especially those in poor, remote areas. CHAMPS Peru is expanding services to increase awareness about cervical cancer and diabetes, including prevention education, screening, and treatment.
In the first six months, the initiatives have conducted 52 screening campaigns and screened 1,886 women for cervical cancer and 770 women for diabetes.
Following recommendations from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and the National Institute of Cancer, CMMB is using the DNA HPV test. Informational packets and cryotherapy are available free of charge to women participating in Huancayo and Trujillo. The initiative also provides enhanced training and supervision to community health agents to convey key messages to women in their communities regarding prevention and screening for cervical cancer and diabetes. Our goal is a significant increase in the number of women aware of cervical cancer in the communities served and the number of women seeking screening.