Deltans in Lagos State, Nigeria now has access to low cost and effective screening and treatment
February 16, 2011 – Deltawomen NGO has announced that it will be evaluating a single visit approach to cervical cancer screening. Lagos State, Nigeria, has been chosen as the area for this evaluation. Traditional cervical cancer screening could take days to return results costing women valuable time. This “screen and treat” method could possibly make identifying and treating new cases much easier.
Research has proven that such prevention strategies employed in traditionally low-resource settings work best, in both success and cost-effectiveness, when fewer visits are required, especially those that use such a single-visit method (Goldie SJet et al., 2005). Delta Women has teamed up with a trained provider who will be able to not only identify the presence of precancerous and cancerous tissue, but will be able to offer same day treatment for premalignant lesions.
The same-day cryotherapy can be a boon for women who would otherwise face lengthy waits for treatment at other facilities. The acetic acid wash (VIA) is a simple white vinegar wash that is as effective as many other solutions but without the costs. Those who test positive for cancerous lesions will be sent to referral facilities for follow-up evaluations and treatment.
Elsie Ijorogu-Reed first formed Deltawomen through her desire to provide a sense of empowerment to women of Delta State. Her desire to give back has helped Delta Women to offer support for basic needs and human rights. Today Delta Women works to teach social, political, and economic empowerment to women.
Delta Women has a four-part vision that helps guide its course.
• To be a contributory force in the emancipation of women by helping them cope with the rigors of the 21st century.
• To assist in the dispensing of myths that have held women bound to the shackles of the past.
• To encourage women's voices to be heard and respected by all.
• To lift the profile of Delta Women and enable them to take a seat in driving the Delta State and Nigeria forward.
For more information on Delta Women and the company’s vision, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.deltawomen.org.
Aghogho Abavo Omoware
Goldie, SJ. et al. (2005). Cost-effectiveness of cervical-cancer screening in five developing countries. New England Journal Medicine 2005, 353(20):2158-68.
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