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Clinton Health Access Initiative

Wedzerai Manyere at Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital Laboratory in Mashonaland West. CHAI is supporting the Ministry of Health and Child Care to optimise laboratory processes and integrate HPV testing.

Clinton Health Access Initiative in Zimbabwe is making preventative care for cervical cancer more accessible for women, particularly in rural areas. Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of cervical cancer in the world, a disease which is almost entirely preventable. Women with HIV are five times more likely to develop cervical cancer, and cervical cancer is the leading cause of death for these women in Zimbabwe.

Clinton Health Access Initiative is helping to address the barriers that prevent women from accessing cervical cancer screening and treatment, by reducing the cost and the burden on women travelling distances of up to 50km to reach these services. This includes providing screening test kits which allow for self-collection at the community level, rolling out devices using new technologies that treat pre-cancerous cervical lesions, and developing an inexpensive artificial intelligence-based tool to assist healthcare professionals with screening.

Our partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative will expand affordable access to these vital prevention services and increase the accuracy of testing with the goal of reducing the burden of disease and allowing future generations of women to live free from cervical cancer. If you would like to learn more, please visit their website.

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