U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson presents certificates, in Windhoek, Namibia, March 29, to health care providers who completed a cervical cancer screening training program led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with support from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. HIV-postitive women are five times more likely to develop and die of cervical cancer than HIV-negative women. However, cervical cancer is detectable, preventable and treatable. This approach—which utilizes something as simple and accessible as table vinegar—will offer Namibian women across the country a cost effective, timely and nurse-empowered option to screen women and immediately treat them for cervical cancer in the same clinical visit.
Photo courtesy of Embassy Namibia