The First Lady and WAMA Chairperson Launch the Cervical Cancer Mass Screening in Mwanza Region: The Celebration of International Women Day - 08 March,
Saturday, March 8, 2014 By Philomena Marijani - WAMA Communication Unit

The First Lady and WAMA Chairperson, H.E. Mama Salma Kikwete has launched the Cervical Cancer Mass Screening at Nyamagana Ground in Mwanza Region during the celebration of International Women Day in March 08 2014.

The activity is implemented in partnership by Women and Development (WAMA), Medical Women Association of Tanzania (MEWATA) and Tanzania Youth Alliance (TAYOA), in collaboration with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare under Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative.

The activity is financial and technical supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) Secure the Future Program, the Member of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative. Other partners supported mass screening of cervical Cancer in Mwanza Region during the celebration of International Women Day are Marie Stopes Tanzania, PSI Tanzania and ITV and Radio One.

Speaking during the event, The First Lady appreciates the support provided by Bristol Myers Squibb and other members of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Initiative in implementing this activity which will save the lives of majority of women.

She said that this is the very important activity as we are celebrating the International Women Day since mass screening of cervical and breast cancer will be provided free. “In Tanzania, it is estimated that every year 6,241 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and 4,355 die from the disease in the country.” Mama Kikwete said.

Mama Kikwete hand over the 16 Cryotheraphy machines donated by PEPFAR to Regional Medical Officers (RMO’s) of four Regions: Mwanza, Iringa, Mbeya and Mara.

Mama Kikwete also visited Buzuruga Health Centre to witness how services are provided and she get an opportunity to speak with more than 1000 women who came at the centre for mass screening of cervical and breast cancer. She advise them to do regular check up of their health since timely screening programs for women at risk could significantly prevent the incidence of cervical and breast cancer.

This powerful event was attended by different stakeholders and Government officials from Ministry of Health and Social welfare, Bristol Myers Squibb, CDC, PEPFAR, PSI, Christian Social services Commission, Bugando Hospital IMA World, TMARC, Mwanza Regional Commissioner Office, Police Force etc.

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