29 April 2013

Uganda: Cervical Cancer - 2,400 Die Yearly in Uganda - Report

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Health Worker reaching out to female at the community level (file photo).

The Royal Philips Electronics Fabric of Africa Trends Report' has revealed that over 2,400 women die every year in Uganda, from Cervical Cancer.

Cervical cancer has become a leading cancer for women in Uganda with nearly 3,500 women diagnosed each year.

According to the report, Non-communicable diseases such as Cancer are on the rise and are expected to become the most common cause of death in Africa by 2025.

Commissioned as part of the Philips 'Fabric of Africa' campaign to provide a comprehensive and holistic overview of the current healthcare issues and trends experienced in Africa, the report focuses on specifically Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Egypt.

Peter van de Ven, General Manager, Philips Healthcare Africa, said: "Collaboration is the most effective way to create sustainable solutions and such figures present a wakeup call to action to address the key issues dominating our trends report." The Fabric of Africa campaign will broaden our reach and expand the range of sustainable technologies and solutions we can provide to face the future healthcare challenges highlighted in our report.

Women prove to be the 'fabric' of Africa and therefore it is very crucial to have healthy women due to their positive impact they have on the continent. The initiative reflects the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals (specifically goals 4 and 5), focusing on three key areas: maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases (specifically breast, cervical & cardiac health), infrastructure rehabilitation and clinical training," noted Peter.

"A shortage of healthcare workers is also evident in Uganda such that there is less than one doctor to care for every 10,000 people, compared to 24 doctors for every 10,000 people in the USA," report indicates.

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