URDT is implementing a Training of Trainers (ToT) Project in Kagadi and Kakumiro district to eliminate cervical cancer in communities. With enormous experience in cervical cancer prevention and control projects, URDT with financial support from Female Cancer Foundation (FCF) is implementing a 2-year project that started in July 2022 and will be ending in June 2024.
The ToT Project is aimed at:
- skilling120 Health Workers with competence in cervical cancer management.
- 7,500 women access cervical cancer screening services,
- 20, 000 people consciously aware of cervical cancer control and prevention techniques,
- 90% of precancerous women treated at least in the same visit and
- 5% women will be referred for further management by June 2024.
On 21st and 22nd February 2023, URDT trained VHT’s, Epicenter Managers and Health Assistants in community mobilization and sensitization in cervical cancer prevention and control so as to eliminate cervical cancer in the community.
According to Lucy Noeline Kansiime the project coordinatorduring the project review and support supervision of the project after six months of implementation in January 2023, it was recommended to involve the Village Health Teams (VHTs) into the project to aid on community mobilization and sensitization, follow up treated patients and referred women in the sub counties.
Ruth Kwesiga, asst. nursing officer Isunga health center III training health workers on cervical cancer screening
The trained VHTs, Epicenter Managers and health assistants are from the ten sub counties where the project is being implemented in Kakumiro and Kagadi Districts.
The training also involved men inclusion in cervical cancer screening andwhy is it important to involve men in cervical cancer screening. The experts recommended health workers to make Sensitization and awareness creation amongst male partners about the importance of their involvement in cervical cancer screening for the healthy wellbeing of the entire household.
These were also asked to continuously follow up the partners and have them support their female partners during and after screening for cervical cancer. They were encouraged to mobilize for male circumcision since it reduces the risk of male acquiring a number of sexually transmitted infections.
Robert Senteeza the district health educator Kakumiro commended URDT for the healthy services it’s providing in the community promising to effectively provide support in time. He says URDT projects are aiding the government to meet its obligations hence applauding the founder of the mighty organization Dr. Mwalimu Musheshe. Senteeza further encouraged health workers to have integrated services after being trained to mobilize the community.
Meanwhile health workers decried of relatively fewer number of mothers that are turning up for the services hence promising to implement the knowledge attained from the training to mobilize and make awareness ofcervical cancer screening in their communities.