KHARTOUM, FEBRUARY 21 – An agreement to support a project for the “Prevention of Uterine Cervical Cancer in Eastern Sudan” was signed in Khartoum on Monday by the Italian Ambassador, Fabrizio Lobasso, and the Country Representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sudan, Ms. Lina Mousa. The project, funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation with an amount of Euro 400,000, is expected to start in March 2017 for duration of 12 months.
Renewing their commitment to advancing women’s health in Sudan, the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation continued their support and cooperation with UNFPA, building on the achievements and successes gained from the past cooperation in responding to Sudan’s people’s needs, especially improving women’s health in humanitarian and developmental settings.
The project contributes to Sudan 10 in 5 Strategy “Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child and Adolescents” Health Strategy (2016 – 2030). It aims at reducing the incidence of cervical cancer in the target areas (Kassala, Gadaref and Red Sea States) through improving access to simple screening and immediate treatment of precancerous conditions.
The activities include community sensitization and advocacy interventions to mobilize women (aged 30 years and above) and encourage them to seek screening services. The project will be implemented in collaboration with Federal and States Ministries of Health and Civil Society Organizations in the target states.
Around 600,000 people will benefit from the awareness raising activities in this project, out of whom, 60,000 women are expected to be screened using Visualized Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) and 600 women are expected to receive precancerous treatment.
“Through this initiative we want also to stress the importance of the role of the women inside the Sudanese society, and give them the chance to improve their future” said H.E Fabrizio Lobasso.
Ms. Lina Mousa, UNFPA Sudan Representative, expressed her gratitude to the Italian Government for the generous support to the Sexual and Reproductive Health interventions in Sudan. She acknowledged the Government of Sudan for its strategic approach that considers prevention of cervical cancer as one of the key components of the National Reproductive Health Policy “Measures shall be taken for ensuring early diagnosis of cervical cancer”.
The interventions of this project are in line with UNFPA’s comprehensive approach to cervical cancer prevention and control which involves vaccinating girls and women before sexual debut, and screening women for precancerous lesions and treatment before progression to invasive disease. (@OnuItalia)