The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports Marie Stopes International (MSI) and its two partners, Population Services International (PSI) and IPPF, to introduce and integrate Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventive Therapy into reproductive health services in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Across the four countries, these grantees aim to establish 576 new sites offering cervical cancer screening, and 239 new sites providing cryotherapy by leveraging existing service delivery platforms including reproductive health centres, mobile outreach teams, and social franchise networks.
The 4 year project (October 2012 through October 2016) has been funded for a total of US $16 million. Based on lessons learned through the first few years of the grant, in November 2014 the RHN adopted revised targets for the remainder of the grant. The project now aims to:
- screen 1.2 million women,
- provide preventive therapy to 32,000 women with pre-cancerous lesions over the life of the project,
- ensure that 90% of women found to need cryotherapy actually receive treatment within six months of screening, and,
- ensure that 90% of women found to require other treatment actually access appropriate referral services within three months of screening (by year 4).