• Head Office Address: Odotei Tsui Loop, adjacent Ghana Refugee Board, Dzorwulu, Accra East
  • (+233 (0) 303 971 433 / 303 971 435
  • Head Office Address; Odotei Tsui Loop, adjacent Ghana Refugee Board, Dzorwulu, Accra East
  • +233 (0) 303 971 433 / 303 971 435
  • Accra Ghana

Fighting Cervical Cancer in Ghana

Cervical Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Ghana. According to the Information Centre on HPV and Cancer (HPV Information Centre), about 3,151 new Cervical Cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Ghana (estimates for 2018).

However, unlike diseases like Malaria, Tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, and most recently Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer which is also one of the most common cancers in women living with HIV receive less attention and resources for prevention promotions. This is against the backdrop that studies have shown that when detected early stages, cervical cancer can be easily treated.

As a Ghanaian non-governmental organization with a keen interest in issues affecting women, HFFG is committed to increasing awareness and uptake of Cervical Cancer screening among Ghanaian women.

In 2018, HFFG initiated a Cervical Cancer Awareness and Screening intervention aimed at reaching Ghanaian women with information on Cervical Cancer screening services.

As part of this, HFFG sponsored three nurses to be trained at the Cervical Cancer Prevention and Training Centre in Battor, Ghana. These nurses assist in the identification of precancerous lesions in women through community outreaches.

Awareness of the disease is also raised using visual aids in interactive sessions. The organization also activated a Drop-in Center at its head office in Accra where women walk in to access screening services and information on Cervical Cancer.

So far 350 women have been reached with direct face- to- face Cervical Cancer Awareness messages. Likewise, 112 women have been screened with 4 cases of precancerous lesions identified and referred to health facilities for treatment.