Nov 4, 2016

MCDI launched a Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Pilot (CCST) project in October 2016, a one-year project funded by Noble Energy, Inc.

MCDI is pleased to announce the October 2016 launch of a Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment (CCST) pilot project funded as a social investment by Noble Energy, with an initial duration of one year. Focusing on maternal health, this project works to decrease the prevalence of cervical cancer among women in Equatorial Guinea, West Central Africa. The CCST project aims to decrease the prevalence of cervical cancer using a one-visit “screen and treat” approach, plus referral of patients with detected cervical lesions for specialized follow-up and treatment. The CCST project will establish Cervical Cancer Screening Corners (CCSCs) at two government hospitals on Bioko Island and in mainland Equatorial Guinea. Health professionals will be trained to perform Visual Inspection – Acetic Acid (VIA) and cold coagulation therapy as screening methods at the CCSCs. Other activities include the dissemination of community and facility-based information, education and communication (IEC) to encourage care-seeking at the newly established CCSCs, and the development of the government’s capacity to implement a comprehensive program for the early prevention and treatment of cervical cancer.

The project has been initiated and will be executed in coordination with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare’s Direction of Reproductive Health. A signing ceremony is planned for Monday, November 14, 2016 at the office of the Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Equatorial Guinea in Malabo, with the participation of MCDI, Noble Energy, and the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons.

For more information on the CCST project, please visit our Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health Page.

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