CERVICAL CANCER PREVENTION PROJECT

Area involved: Burkina Faso

Zampaligré Zenabo, auxiliary midwife stationed in Dangouna for the past 5 years

“The mix of theory and practice, allowed us to better assimilate the training content. During the practice, we even had the opportunity to diagnose two positive cases of cancer lesions at the CHR in Dédougou. Thanks to the training, I am perfectly capable of screening for precancerous lesions. It’s really great that SEMAFO Foundation is targeting women’s health. During the training, nurses took advantage to also be screened and to screen other women for free.”

Cervical cancer contributes significantly to female mortality rates in Burkina Faso in addition to causing collateral damage to the family and the community of the affected woman. It ranks 2nd among the most commonly diagnosed cancers among women in Burkina Faso including women aged between 15 and 44 years old and is the leading cause of cancer death for women.

The Foundation has partnered with the SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada) and with the SOGOB (Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics of Burkina Faso) to support Burkina Faso’s initiatives to reduce illness and death caused by cervical cancer.

  • Train doctors, nurses, midwives in screening.
  • Train physicians in the treatment of women with precancerous lesions of the cervix and invasive cancer.
  • Inform and educate women about cervical cancer and preventive behavior.
  • Table a national cervical cancer policy so that details of the appropriate training are included in the curriculum of health professionals and preventive screening is incorporated into primary health care.
  • Establish a platform for discussion and advocacy for the inclusion of vaccines against HPV (Human Papillomavirus) in the cervical cancer prevention strategy.

In short


  • The 2016-2017 campaign has screened 542 women
  • 14,686 women screened since the beginning of the project in 2011
  • Preventive screening incorporated into primary health care (April 2016)
  • Donations of equipment and inputs (devices for cryotherapy, speculum, gloves, sticks, tongue depressors, cotton, alcohol, bleach, vinegar, Co2 gas bottle)
  • Supervision in the 10 Regional Hospital Centers (CHR), Ouagadougou CHV, Ouagadougou Medical Center with surgical antennas, National Blaise Compaoré Hospital, El Fateh-SUKA Clinic.
  • 6 sensitization and screening campaigns (Dédougou, Banfora, Koudougou, Goua, Wona, Bana, Kona, Toma and Bobo-Dioulasso)
  • Training of 6 trainers
  • Training of 90 health care providers (doctors, midwives and maids)

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