Tanzania suffers one of the highest cervical cancer burdens in the world and the highest in East Africa. Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer related morbidity and mortality of women in the country.
However limited knowledge amongst health care providers and the general public about cervical cancer burdens, its prevention and control services is one of the major challenges in implementing Tanzania’s National Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Strategic Plan (2011-2015).
To address these knowledge gaps, T-MARC has implemented cervical cancer project with a goal of reducing cervical cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in Iringa by mobilizing the community and having 10,000 women screened for cervical cancer. This was conducted through creating awareness of cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment services, increasing the uptake of existing cervical cancer services amongst women aged 30 to 49 years and strengthen the capacity of Tanzanian CBOs and FBOs to develop, implement and sustain outreach interventions that significantly increase awareness and uptake levels for cervical cancer prevention, screening and treatment services.