Although cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, it is one of the worst threats to women’s lives, indeed Cervical Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women, 570,000 new cases in 2018 representing 6.6% of all female cancer, and 266 000 women died of the disease, nearly 90% of them in low- to middle-income countries. Without urgent attention, deaths due to cervical cancer are projected to rise by almost 25% over the next 10 years.
The disease is easily preventable by simple and inexpensive screening (early detection and appropriate treatment). A significant drop in the disease incidence has been achieved in the developed countries as a result of extensive screening programs.
In Sudan the exact incidence of the disease is not known, around 833 cases are diagnosed every year, many else die undetected, a national program for cervical cancer screening is not yet available, and the disease continues to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality.
AICS in collaboration with Sudanese Ministry of Health and UNFPA took part in 2018 at the first technical working group established to write the national policy on cervical cancer screening and treatment program; in this occasion Soba Teaching Hospital has been selected as the National centre for the cervical cancer screening and treatment hub, responsible for training, quality control and research at Central and State level.
AICS supported Soba Teaching Hospital to establish the cervical cancer centre for screening, early detection and treatment and is promoting and strengthening the facilities network for screening and case management in the Eastern Region thorough the EU funded health project Strengthening resilience for refugees, IDPs and host communities in Eastern Sudanworth 12 MEUR.