The Minister of Health, Honorable Ummy Mwalimu receiving a LEEP machine from Ms. Schocken
On December 5, 2016, the Chief Executive Officer of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, Ms. Celina Schocken, handed over fifteen cryotherapy machines, two loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) machines and a thermal coagulator machine for the treatment of pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children of the United Republic of Tanzania.
The equipment was donated to fill the gaps in service delivery to consolidate the investments of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partners in capacity building. This donation will enhance the capacity of fourteen health facilities to strengthen the ‘single-visit approach’ to service delivery for cervical cancer screening and treating of pre-cancerous lesions.
Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon’s partners began implementing service delivery in Tanzania in 2014. The initial support was to 16 health facilities in three Regions of the country: Mwanza, Mbeya and Iringa. This donation brings onboard 14 more health facilities and three new Regions of Njombe, Morogoro and Tanga to benefit from the equipment and technical support of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon partnership. With the continued commitment of the in-country implementing organizations and this recent donation, Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon has expanded to up to 58 health facilities across the nine Regions of Mwanza, Mbeya, Iringa, Mara, Geita, Njombe, Songwe, Morogoro and Tanga. The increase in services for cervical cancer screening and treatment of cervical pre-cancerous lesions across the country is contributing significantly to the national vision of a “cervical-cancer-free” Tanzania.
The Minister of Health of Tanzania, Honorable Ummy Mwalimu, has adopted cervical cancer prevention as a flagship of her leadership and recently committed funds to expand cervical cancer screening services in ten Regions of the country to complement the efforts of international partners. The Government is also planning to apply to Gavi The Vaccine Alliance, in 2017 for a nationwide HPV vaccination program for eligible, pre-adolescent girls. With the synergistic investment between Government and partners, achieving the population coverage for the control of cervical cancer in the country will progress more rapidly.