Hologic partners with TogetHER for Health and Scope Impact to put Kenya on the path to cervical cancer elimination
In Kenya, cervical cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women between the ages of 15 and 44, ending the lives of 3,200 Kenyan women every year. The country has among the highest rates of cervical cancer globally.
To reverse this trend, TogetHER for Health and Scope Impact launched the Kizazi Chetu (“Our Generation” in Kiswahili) campaign in 2021 to ignite a generation free from cervical cancer in Kenya, by building awareness through community partnership and educational messaging that resulted in a threefold increase in screenings at partner clinics.
It’s time to take the next step towards building a sustainable environment for cervical health and put Kenya squarely on the path to cervical cancer elimination. With support from Hologic, Scope Impact and TogetHER are partnering with the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) consortium in western Kenya to identify both opportunities and challenges to support the introduction of improved technologies for cervical screening, early detection and timely treatment in the country. Through participatory research, design, and planning, this project will outline barriers to cervical health in Kenya and propose policy actions to facilitate access to preventive services.
This next phase of Kizazi Chetu will also serve as an exercise to be replicated in other countries seeking policy solutions to expand the availability of cervical health technologies. For more information on the project, and learn how you can become involved, please contact me at [email protected].