Published on 10/26/2023

ENDA Santé takes a global approach to cervical cancer prevention

The global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 2020, recommends a comprehensive approach to preventing and combating cervical cancer. Measures including lifelong interventions are thus recommended.

These are :

  • primary prevention (vaccination of girls aged 9-14),
  • secondary prevention: screening at age 30 for women in the general population, and at age 25 for women living with HIV. Screening must be followed by immediate treatment in the event of a positive test.
  • And finally, tertiary prevention consists of treating the cancer as appropriate.

Through its FEVE IMPULSE project, ENDA Santé is helping to achieve the goal of eliminating cervical cancer by combating co-infections. To this end, it has set up an early prevention program in collaboration with the Mbour health district and in partnership with the Nourou Darayni Association in Keur Samba, Mbour , to mark the Pink October campaign.

The NGO deployed its mobile clinics and medical teams for a day of social mobilization, organized by the Nourou Darayni Association. It also supported the Nourou Darayni Association, which contributed inputs and medicines to its private clinic. 

My grandmother died of cervical cancer. Since then, I've been taking preventive measures. Every two years, I take the test to protect myself against cervical cancer and HIV. Thanks to ENDA Santé, I got tested today. I'm happy to know my status with regard to these two diseases.

Rokhaya Top, resident of Médinatoul Salam, beneficiary of medical consultation days

Ndeye Ami Thiam was consulted at the ENDA Santé clinic. She appreciates the services offered.

I am happy to learn from my consultation that everything is fine. My 6-month-old son also benefited from a medical consultation and treatment. He received medication for his dermatitis. I'd like to thank the organizers for promoting health and taking action to improve people's health.

Ndeye Ami Thiam

As well as being screened for cervical and breast cancer, Awa Cheikh Sané was offered medication for her rheumatism.

Like these women, many others benefited from integrated care, including general consultations, cervical and breast cancer screening and HIV testing, as well as free medication and counseling.

360 women were consulted, treated and screened for HIV, cervical cancer and breast cancer.

A godsend for Ndim Gueye, a nurse and member of the Nourou Darayni Association.

ENDA Santé gave us the opportunity to satisfy a request from the women of Keur Samba. They had always asked for a cervical and breast cancer screening day. The NGO provided us with 2 mobile clinics, a medical team, inputs, medicines and all the necessary logistics, enabling us to achieve our objectives.

Ndim Gueye, nurse, member of the Nourou Darayni Association

In addition to the care offered, the day was an opportunity to raise women's awareness of cervical and breast cancer and HIV. They were also given useful information enabling them to take greater responsibility for their own health, that of their whole family, and even that of the community in general.

For its part, the Nourou Darayni clinic has also mobilized its general practitioners, gynecologists, pharmacists, nurses and its first-aid equipment, blood pressure monitor, beds, etc.

We noted a perfect symbiosis between the two teams. It's an activity to be repeated, despite the high number of people reached, as there are still women who are not taken care of.

Limamou Gueye, coordinator of the Nourou Darayani clinic

Some sixty doses of vaccine administered to girls aged 9-14

And for suspected cases, clinic coordinator Limamou Gueye has decided to pay half price for the smear test and to accompany cases requiring medical follow-up.

In addition to screening, the local health post also played its part in prevention. Over 60 doses of HPV vaccine were administered to girls aged 9-14. A success for the health post, which had been struggling to convince people to be vaccinated against HPV.

Vaccination against HPV, as well as screening and treatment of precancerous lesions, is a cost-effective way of preventing cervical cancer.