PREVENT CERVICAL CANCER AROUND THE WORLD
TRAIN MEDICAL STAFF TO PERFORM VIA SCREENINGS
LOWER THE RATE OF CERVICAL CANCER AND RAISE
Go Doc Go is heading back to Senegal and The Gambia in November and introducing HPV self-testing to both countries! Women swab themselves and their test is then processed to reveal if they are positive for HPV. Women who are positive for any strain of HPV that causes cervical cancer are then treated. For more information about our trip, follow Go Doc Go volunteer, Julie Stevenson, on her blog: julieholiday.travel.blog
This past June, Go Doc Go returned to Senegal with our partner Le Korsa and worked with the hospital in the southern city of Ziguinchor. 20 midwives and physicians were trained on how to screen for cervical cancer using VIA. Go Doc Go donated a Thermocoagulation unit and screened 133 women in Ziguinchor in two days. We also did screenings in the cities of Kolda, Medina Gounass and the remote village of Sinthian.
A total of 370 women were screened that week with 14 being positive for pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions.
We look forward to returning to Senegal this Fall.
Dr. Matt Lewis filmed this wonderful video explaining what services Go Doc Go provides and why the need for cervical cancer screenings is so great in underdeveloped countries.
He shot most of the live footage during our April 2019 trip to Ethiopia when Go Doc Go brought thermocoagulation units to hospitals in both Adama and Gondar.