Kizazi Chetu: Setting ‘Our Generation’ on a Path to End Cervical Cancer in Kenya

May 27, 2021

Over 5,200 Kenyan women were diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2020, and almost 3,300 lost their lives. The means to prevent and even end such deaths – vaccination against high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical screening and treatment of cervical lesions – are available and scalable. How can barriers to cervical cancer prevention such as low awareness and mistrust in health systems be overcome? What can inspire the influx of necessary investments to set Kenya – and countries like it – on its path to ending this threat to women across the country?

This generation, as a collective, through our deliberate actions to support women, can set the foundation for the elimination of cervical cancer.

This month, we at TogetHER and Scope Impact are excited to announce the formal launch of the Kizazi Chetu campaign focused on the Kenyan counties of Nairobi, Eldoret, Kisumu, Mombasa, and Nakuru. Kizazi Chetu is Swahili for “Our Generation” and is a call to action for women, girls, and the society at large to take up the cervical cancer elimination agenda by becoming informed and engaged on the importance of cervical health and cervical cancer prevention.

This exciting campaign is enlisting advocates, allies, thought leaders and influencers to candidly engage Kenyans in unbiased, stigma-free conversations around cervical health, generating excitement around a generation of Kenyans free from cervical cancer. We’re proud to have key support from Kenya’s Ministry of Health and more than 20 local partners, working to link Kenyans to information and women to services.

For more information on the campaign, including how to partner with us in Kenya, please reach out to Heather White at TogetHER for Health: heather@togetherforhealth.org or Amal Mohammed at Scope Impact: amal.mohamed@scopeimpact.fi.

We’re thrilled to watch this new collaboration unfold. Join us by following the Kizazi Chetu campaign’s social media activities at the links below.