In Kenya, cervical and breast cancers are leading cancers in women. Overall, cervical cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death in Kenya after infectious and cardiovascular diseases. According to the Ministry of Health, at least 8 Kenyan women die daily from cervical cancer. In addition, the National Cancer Institute notes that only 14 percent of all Kenyan women have been screened.
All women aged 15-65 are encouraged to get cervical cancer screening via visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) every year. Patients affected by HIV disease are especially high risk for the disease and are encouraged to get VIA every 6 months.
At SCH, we offer free cervical cancer screening on a daily basis, in all our weekly outreaches and as part of our weekly ob/gyn clinic (held every Tuesday from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm)
To assist our cervical cancer screening capabilities, we have teamed up with MobileODT and are using their innovative screening device that allows for quick diagnosis and consultation with senior ob/gyn consultants. The camera, which is connected to a smart phone, allows the health provider to capture a photo, take client details and share the photo in real-time with an approved ob/gyn consultant. This is all supported with an online platform that has been set up specifically for SCH.
Besides screening, we offer treatment options for pre-cancerous lesions using cryotherapy and loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP). Cervical cancer is the only preventable gynaecological cancer and all women are encouraged to get appropriate screening.