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Addis Tesfa “New Hope” Cervical Cancer Prevention

This project increased access to and use of cervical cancer prevention services among HIV-positive women in Ethiopia. Together with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health and Stanford’s Program for International Reproductive Education and Services, we improved care for a very treatable condition, cervical pre-cancer, if diagnosed early.

Project Date: 2009 - 2015
Funder: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Country: Ethiopia
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20,062 women received a VIA test from health facilities that offered the single visit approach

99% of HIV+ women received a VIA test from health facilities offering the single visit approach

What We Did

  • Introduced the single-visit approach that allows providers to detect cervical precancerous lesions and offer treatment on the same day in 14 tertiary- and secondary-level health facilities
  • Collaborated with key government health leaders and hospital staff at all levels, leading to an expansion from 14 pilot facilities to 118 hospitals
  • Promoted community awareness of cervical cancer and prevention through the development of information, education, and communication materials
  • Partnered with the Ministry of Health and key stakeholders to develop the “Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Ethiopia” that integrates the single-visit approach into the national reproductive health strategy

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