Since our work began, we’ve already made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of women and their families in Uganda. Lives have been saved, deadly diseases have been prevented and health workers have gained vital new training, equipment and skills.
We’re proud that the work of the Initiative has been widely recognised and well supported. But there’s still so much more that we want to achieve.
Our vision for the future is to build a nationwide cervical cancer screening programme, which is accessible to all women in Uganda.
Cervical cancer is the biggest women’s cancer killer in Uganda, with nearly 2,500 women dying from the disease each year. Unless prevention or screening programmes are introduced, this figure is set to rise and thousands more women will die each year and children will lose their mothers.
As a result of our track record, we believe we’re the right team to achieve this and help provide these worthwhile services to Ugandan women. We have the technology and expertise, plus we have an important commitment from the Ministry of Health in Uganda to support our work and create a national screening programme.
In order to see our hopes for the future transformed into reality, we desperately need financial support to make it possible.
Rolling out cervical cancer screening
Our aim is to create a national cervical cancer screening programme running across 80 centres in Uganda.
Each of the 80 centres will cost £30,000 to establish and a total of £4 million over five years would deliver the national cervical screening service.
When all 80 centres are established:
• 400,000 women will be screened every year.
• The cost of screening one woman will be approximately £2.20.
• Based on current detection rates, over five years the lives of 40,000 women will be saved.
The commitment already secured from the Ministry of Health in Uganda is a huge help and, once set up by us, the centres will subsequently be run by them.
If you would like to contribute to our work and help make a difference with this life-saving work, then please find out more about what you can do [link] to help, by donating or buying our book.
Message from Professor Ian Jacobs:
“We’re at a point now where investments of a few million pounds would save the lives of thousands of women from a deadly disease.
“Nearly all these women are wives and mothers – the average number of children per woman in Uganda is more than six. The knock-on impact on the children of Uganda if women die is huge.
“We simply have to find the money to make this screening programme happen.”