SOS Children’s Villages has called for strengthened collaboration among stakeholders in fighting cervical cancer.
On Friday, the institution launched Cervical Cancer Project Phase Two, which is being referred to as ‘Save My Mother’.
SOS Children’s Villages National Programmes Director, Hope Msosa, said the organisation looks after children who have lost, or are about to, lose parental care.
He observed that saving mothers’ lives can minimise the suffering of children.
“We have seen that most of these children lost their parents and we believe that by saving mothers, we will help children grow up with the support of mothers. We need to collaborate so that all women of reproductive age are screened and ensure that those who have cervical cancer in treatable stages are helped,” Msosa said.
He added that the project is going to be piloted in Chikwawa, Chiradzulu and Mangochi districts, after which lessons on how it can be scaled up across the country will be drawn.
World Health Organisation Disease Control and Prevention Officer for Malawi, Dr Kelias Msyamboza, said Malawi needs to do more to deal with cervical cancer which remains the commonest cancer among women.
“Globally, we have the highest incidences of cervical cancer. This is so because we are able to produce data which provide a clear picture of the disease,” Msyamboza said.
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