PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

Community Mobilization and Demand Creation for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Services in Iringa

OVERVIEW

In 2014, T-MARC Tanzania in collaboration with several other partners received support from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) to implement targeted community mobilization activities to increase cervical cancer screening and treatment services in Tanzania. 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. The 18-month cervical cancer intervention was implemented collaboratively between T-MARC Tanzania, the Medical Women’s Association of Tanzania (MEWATA), Wanawake and Maendeleo Foundation (WAMA), the Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) and the Mbeya HIV/ AIDS Network (MHNT).

Project Highlights

  • Sensitized community leaders and healthcare providers on the importance of cervical cancer screening and treatment.
  • Strengthened the capacity of Iringa 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.
  • Advocated among district, regional, and national stakeholders to prioritize resources for cervical cancer and treatment.

Intervention Areas

Cervical Cancer, HIV/AIDS

DONORS
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) through the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Cervical Cancer Initiative
PRIME PARTNER/S
T-MARC (Prime), Medical Women’s Association of Tanzania (MEWATA), Wanawake na Maendeleo Foundation (WAMA), Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA) and the Mbeya HIV/AIDS Network
GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS
Iringa Region (Mufindi, Iringa Municipality, Kilolo and Mafinga districts)
TARGET AUDIENCE
Women of reproductive age
TIMEFRAME
2013 - 2015

KEY RESULTS

33,975
Women reached in health talks
14,195
Men reached in health talks
16,126
Eligible women referred for screening
6,322
Women screened for cervical cancer

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