Burkina Faso, West Africa— In order to improve the availability and accessibility of women for facilities offering early detection and treatment of precancerous cervical lesions and cervical cancer, Izumi Foundation awarded a two-year grant to Jhpiego.
Jhpiego is an international non-profit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. It is committed to its mission to prevent deaths of women and their families and has served more than 150 countries to date.
Two selected facilities where the non-profit organization has already conducted service deliveries will benefit from the project. Mid-level health care providers, especially the nurses and midwives, will undergo training for them to be capable of rendering basic gynecological care and visual inspection. This approach will enable obstetrician-gynecologists to focus more on providing premium care to women in Burkina Faso.
Jhpiego will work with the Ministry of Health, Association Kimi, a local Burkinabe non-governmental organization (NGO), and the Midwifery Association of Burkina in promoting and increasing the accessibility of cervical cancer screening facilities, cervical cancer screening policies, and service delivery guidelines. Women within these communities will also be educated in order for them to be aware and acquainted with the available services.
Continuous observation and assessment will be conducted to ensure that the lessons and awareness for cervical cancer will be inculcated and shared with the stakeholders.
Izumi Foundation is founded by lay Buddhist order Shinnyo-en. It is focused on giving assistance to the world’s poorest people by supporting programs that improve health in developing countries. Izumi is Japanese language, which means water source or fountain.
Source: Izumi Foundation