NJIA is expanding! Seeking to combat cervical cancer in Tanzania, we have been working in five districts in the Kagera region- Bukoba DC, Bukoba MC, Karagwe, Kyerwa and Muleba. We are now delighted to announce the addition of Ngara.
Kagera is based in the north-west of Tanzania and borders Uganda, Rwanda and Burndi. It is one of the most remote and difficult to reach areas. It is also among the poorest regions in Tanzania; a country where more that 50% of the population lives on less that US$1 per day.
The District Medical Officer of Ngara attended our June workshop, where he made a good case for expanding the program to his district. Ngara has 60 health facilities, more than any of the other districts that NJIA currently works in, but not one currently offers cervical cancer screening.
Meanwhile in neighbouring district Kyerwa, the programme has been making great progress in the last couple of weeks and we hope to start cervical cancer screening in a new health facility. The nurse has been trained, supplies and equipment ordered and the facility will soon be registered as an official screening site with the Ministry of Health.