Cervical cancer is the leading cause of death among women in Rwanda. There are not enough qualified health workers or the right equipment to properly screen the cervical cancer, therefore thousands of women never receive a diagnosis.
By the time they receive treatment it is often far too late. A team of American medical volunteers is working closely with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda to provide a low cost alternative. The programme, called See and Treat, uses a technique called Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid – more commonly known as vinegar.
It’s hoped that VIA will soon be used throughout the developing world as a cheap and simple method of diagnosing cervical cancer.
In this film we see how the treatment is carried out and what has to be done to treat the disease. VIA is helping to save many lives.