Increasing Access And Awareness for Healthier Lives
Sexual and reproductive health problems comprise a large proportion of women’s health issues worldwide. 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 too many women globally, affects women’s health both physically and mentally. The power imbalance between men and women, a root cause of gender-based violence, also affects women’s ability to seek healthcare for themselves and their children. Across Haiti, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan, and Zambia, noncommunicable diseases—including hypertension, heart disease, and asthma—are linked to poverty and a lack of healthcare access and awareness.
Fighting Cancer and Diabetes in Peru
Cervical cancer is deadly because it presents no symptoms until a cure is no longer achievable, and it is particularly aggressive in women who are HIV infected. Although early detection and treatment are critical, screening, prevention, and treatment of breast and cervical cancers have not been a focus in low- and middle-income countries—resulting in the death of more than a million wives, mothers, and daughters each year.
Following recommendations from Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon and the National Institute of Cancer, CMMB is using the DNA HPV test in Peru. 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.