Haiti has the highest reported rate of cervical cancer in the world, primarily due to the lack of screening and treatment availability. World Wide Village is honored to be the first non-profit to participate in a national cervical cancer prevention program with Haiti sans Cervical Cancer (HsCC) to begin screening women for HPV and treating early signs of cervical cancer for women in rural Haiti.
In October, World Wide Village screened 90 women for HPV – Human Papillomavirus – which causes cervical cancer. Women between the ages of 20 and 50 were screened in the rural village of Williamson, about 30 miles up the coast from the capital city of Port-au-Prince. The women were grateful for the opportunity to be screened. Of those 90 women, 16 tested positive for HPV and had the opportunity to travel to Port-au-Prince to be treated with cryotherapy by staff from HsCC. These women are no longer at high risk for cervical cancer.
We are so grateful for our wonderful supporters whose generosity made it possible to start this program. We are also thankful for HsCC and their staff for leading the way in preventing this disease that takes the lives of too many women in Haiti each year…women who are mothers, daughters, aunts and friends.
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