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Preventing Cervical Cancer In Kenya

forbes.com (USA) | 19.01.2016

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract, with 80 percent of women infected with at least one type in their lifetime, according to Christine Donoto, Senior Writer at SAP. There are 100 types of the virus, with 13 of those being cancer causing. According to the WHO, HPV is related to nearly all cases of cervical cancer worldwide. Cervical cancer is the fourth most frequent cancer in women, with 85 percent of deaths occur in developing regions. However, early detection and treatment by using respective tests can prevent up to 80 percent of cases. The SAP Design & Co-Innovation Center team joined the Emerging Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening (ETiCCS) project, giving ten tablet PCs to help out. ETiCCS plans to bring the solution closer to patients by eliminating the need for women to travel long hours to a health center, provide self-sampling kits in larger, more rural areas with an ultimate goal to screen eligible women across the entire country.
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Press release, 11/09/2015: Cancer prevention in Kenya – New screening approach enables women to be tested at home

As cervical cancer is the number one cause of death from cancer in Kenya, new methods for cancer screening are desperately required. Therefore the Heidelberg University Hospital initiated the Emerging Technologies in Cervical Cancer Screening (ETiCCS) project with the aim to implement an innovative healthcare screening approach in fragile infrastructures. The initial focus of ETiCCS is a one-year cervical cancer study with 800 women performed by the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. This pilot study was funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Subsequently it is planned to offer a self-sampling test in a larger, more rural area with the ultimate goal to screen eligible women across the entire country.

Given the high risk of data loss and duplication of the current paper-based screening process, the Heidelberg University Hospital reached out to SAP to digitize cervical cancer screening in fragile infrastructures like Kenya.

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