Cervical cancer accounts for 37 percent of new cancers in women in Malawi. Since 2018, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer and bring down deaths from the disease in the districts of Blantyre and Chiradzulu. MSF Project Director Marion Péchayre explains how. Why did MSF […]
Southern Malawi – the area hardest hit by Tropical Storm Ana – is having to rebuild after destructive winds and flash flooding washed away roads, damaged power supplies and left around 32,000 families without shelter. 152,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are now spread across 178 displacement camps in the region and are in desperate need […]
Fabrice Weissman, who is member of the MSF COVID-19 response team in Malawi, describes the situation.
Cervical cancer kills over 2,300 women in Malawi every year, or two thirds of those who become infected with it, despite it being an easily preventable disease. This grim reality is the result of issues with vaccination and screening, as well as limitations in the offer of treatment. Since 2018, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans […]
In 2018, an estimated 311,000 women died of cervical cancer. More than 85 percent of those women lived in low- and middle-income countries. In the same year, 570,000 new cases were diagnosed.
In late January 2020, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) implemented an HPV vaccination campaign for 8,500 nine-year-old girls in the Chiradzulu district of Malawi. Cervical cancer is largely preventable, and yet it is fatal for a disproportionate number of women in low- and middle-income countries. Particularly in sub-saharan Africa, cervical cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related mortality in women. Effective prevention The most effective prevention […]