World Cancer Day 2016: A Tanzanian doctor’s fight against cervical cancer

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Tanzania

In 2012, more than 8 million people died from cancer and 14 million new cases were diagnosed – with well over half the cases and two-thirds of the deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). By 2030, the global burden is expected to grow to 21.7 million new cancer cases and 13 million cancer deaths. And the burden will be concentrated even more in LMICs, where scarce resources and critical shortages of trained health professionals often prevent patients from accessing the care they need. An estimated 1.9 million to 3 million cancer deaths could be avoided each year in LMICs with effective prevention and treatment. Every year on February 4 we recognize World Cancer Day to highlight the on-going fight against cancer. World Cancer Day aims to reduce the number of preventable deaths each year by raising cancer awareness … Read More

Scaling up cervical cancer prevention in Tanzania

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Tanzania

[January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – a fitting time for a story about our support for Tanzania’s efforts to scale up prevention and treatment of the cancer that causes more deaths than any other among African women.] Cervical cancer is almost 100 percent preventable. Screening and treatment can detect and eliminate pre-cancerous lesions before cancer develops, and vaccines have been developed that are effective against the strains of the human papillomavirus that cause most cervical cancer. But every year, more than 500,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and over 266,000 women die from the disease. An overwhelming majority of these women (over 85 percent) live and die in low- and middle-income countries. Cervical cancer ranks as the leading cause of cancer and cancer deaths for women in sub-Saharan Africa. And Eastern Africa suffers from by far the highest … Read More

A Night in the Life

Daisy WinnerBlog, Featured, Nursing, Uganda

84 patients, 17 babies delivered, 4 C-sections, 3 still births, 2 post-partum hemorrhages. All in a night’s work at Lira Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda for Mary Elizabeth Nawil