Dr. Kristen Austin returned to Gondar, Ethiopia last month and was pleased to see that the cervical cancer screening program continues to be an integral part of the Ob/Gyn residency program at the University. The outpatient clinics have moved to a new hospital, and now there is a dedicated room to perform VIA and cryotherapy.
As you may recall, one year ago GoDocGo made its first trip to Ethiopia. On that trip our mission was to establish a cervical cancer screening program at the University Hospital in Gondar and to deliver medical equipment used to treat pre-cancerous cervical lesions. On our recent return trip, we brought more supplies and checked on the progress made since our first trip. We were overwhelmed to see that the patient register reflected that almost 1,000 women have been screened!
CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION USING A SINGLE VISIT APPROACH (SVA)
Go Doc Go’s first project launched October 2014. Dr. Maggie Carpenter and Ingrid Frengle-Burke, FNP traveled to Gondar, Ethiopia with over $10,000 in equipment and training materials. The University Hospital in Gondar services a 5 million person catchment area. Despite having extensive HIV/AIDS services and a multitude of international organizations providing medical assistance, there were no programs to combat cervical cancer, a disease that currently kills more women in Ethiopia than childbirth.