In a collaborative effort with the Stanbic Foundation, the County Government of Homa-Bay, and other partners, we were thrilled to have carried out an integrated cervical cancer prevention screening in four Homa-Bay county sub-counties.

This vital initiative, led by the Homa-Bay County Health Promotion Unit in conjunction with the Homabay County Department of Health, aimed to provide a range of critical services which included breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment, tuberculosis screening, HPV vaccination, prostate screening, and family planning services.

It was rolled out across Homa-Bay, starting at the Homa-Bay County Referral Hospital on September 12th, 2023, and continuing to Rachuonyo County Hospital on September 14th, and later to Sena level 4 Hospital in Suba-Central sub-county, as well as Mfangano Island on the 19th and 21st of September, 2023.

The community response to the initiative was overwhelming, with a substantial turnout of individuals seeking the various services being offered. The primary objective of this extensive effort is to reduce the overall incidence of cervical cancer by emphasizing the importance of early screening and treatment. By making these critical services accessible to the residents of Homa-Bay, we are taking a significant step towards improving the overall health and well-being of the community.

This collaborative effort stands as a testament to the power of partnerships in advancing healthcare in underserved areas. It reflects our shared commitment to proactively address the burden of cervical cancer and other health concerns in Homa-Bay County.

Through screening and early intervention, we are working together to reduce the prevalence of cervical cancer and ensure a healthier future for the residents of Homa-Bay.

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By Peter Obare