Helene Gross
Helene Gross
Women's Health Nurse Practitioner · Brooklyn, NY

Rwanda Cervical Cancer Prevention Project

May 4th
Kigali, Rwanda

Project Description

This trip is a follow-up of the team returning to Rwanda a few times a year. We teach the local providers (nurses and physicians) to perform VIA (visual inspection with acetic acid), in order to screen for precancers which can be treated before they can become cervical cancer.

Population Served

Women in Rwanda who don't have regular cervical cancer screening (pap/HPV tests). It will also help to teach local nurses and physicians to screen the Rwandan women for cervical precancers.

Expected Impact

Cervical cancer is usually preventable with regular screening and vaccination. Hopefully, this will help decrease the rate of cervical cancer deaths of women in Rwanda.

Trip Photos & Recap

On this trip I mainly taught French speaking nurses at Kacyiru Medical Center in Kigali to screen women for cervical cancer by performing Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA). We also drove an hour outside of Kigali to Kayanga Hospital and screened many women there for cervical cancer by doing VIA.