Cervical cancer is the second deadliest cancer in low- and middle-income countries (1). In Malawi in East Africa, where MSF operates, over 4,000 Malawian women fall sick with cervical cancer every year. With 2,905 deaths due to cervical cancer in 2020, the country also had the second highest rate of mortality (2). How can we explain such a high mortality rate from this disease which, in high-income countries, is easily preventable and generally less deadly? The reasons include limited access to prevention and screening, and diagnoses that are not always reliable.
Clara Nordon, Director of the MSF Foundation, has just got back from a visit to Malawi with the MSF teams and tells us about the project led by the Foundation. Code name: AI4CC