Expand Our Reach
IPRH had the honor of participating in the First Global Summit on Women’s Cancers in Africa in 2011 which was held at the United Nations building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the event we listened to the stories of women whose lives were affected by the fear and misunderstanding which can come from misunderstanding a diagnosis of cancer.IPRH recognizes that its work involves not only informing women, but also, their families and their communities about the importance of cervical cancer screening.
IPRH has learned that compassion and commitment to quality transcends language barriers. In order to provide medical care to women and their communities our message is that every woman matters, including women with disabilities.
IPRH has learned, over the course of its on-going relationship with the community of Adama, Ethiopia, that providing care for women includes their families and the community in which they live. Changing perceptions, educating the community, and growing trust precedes the provision of medical care.
Our Current Numbers
- 350Women Screened
- 600KMArea of Influence
- 14Medical Partners Trained
$90000Value of Equipment Donated
History of IPRH
- In 2007, Dr. Sharon Ransom was invited to work at a new hospital in Adama, Ethiopia, Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital. She developed The International Partnership for Reproductive Health to continue the work and to focus on cervical cancer screening.
In 2008, medical professionals, including the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department faculty of Addis Ababa University, members of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), attended cervical cancer seminars presented by IPRH. Significant concerns expressed by conference participants included: 1) How to motivate women to actively seek screening and preventative care; 2) the need to develop a national tumor registry; 3) How to alleviate stress imposed on the healthcare system by the attrition of physicians in the public sector. We thank Dr. Gaym Asheber, President of ESOG, for his support for the mission of IPRH.
In 2009, responding to the challenges faced by the Ethiopian healthcare system, donations of equipment including colposcopes, and equipment needed to launch the cervical cancer screening project were obtained as donations in kind. Donations, which included a LORAD mammography unit, were procured from corporate and private donors.
The IPRH Donor/Donee Agreement was drafted and implemented by IPRH and Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital.
The first four non-physician healthcare workers at Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital were tutored in cervical cancer screening skills.
Using equipment and supplies provided Becton-Dickenson and Cooper Surgical Corporation, IPRH introduced the basics of Pap smear procedures and colposcopy. Each participant successfully completed the weeklong course, and was awarded certificates. During training, 30+ patients were successfully screened.
Predicated on the success of this small trial program, IPRH sought to develop the concept of a donor supported cervical cancer screening and treatment center housed within Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital. If successful , the implementation of this strategy would involve medical professionals working in the region of Adama, Ethiopia.
In 2010, Dr. Ransom and Professor Peter Gooch developed the first IPRH Concept Paper with the stated goal of developing a Center of Excellence for Cervical Cancer Screening in Adama,Ethiopia.
In March of 2010, IPRH was able to package and ship 3 colposcopes, medical textbooks, and supplies with the assistance of the Rift Valley Transportation Company, an Ethiopian owned American-based organization.
On September 2nd 2011, the International Partnership for Reproductive Health (IPRH) was honored to participate in the First Global Summit for Women’s Cancer in Africa. Dr. Sharon Ransom’s presentation was entitled “Every Woman Matters”. The conference was organized by Princess Nikky Onyeri of Nigeria and attended by representatives of the first ladies of Ghana, Swaziland, Niger, South Africa, The Gambia, Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, and Cameroon. Industry representatives from Merck, Qiagen, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, and Novartis were in attendance, as were representatives from Axios International, The Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), the America Cancer Society, the Ethiopian Cancer Society, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
IPRH moved its headquarters from Dayton, Ohio to Bryan, Ohio in August of 2012. Our work was focused on creating internal documents to address critical strategies for our American-based organization and its work in Ethiopia.
- 2013 -2014
IPRH returned to Ethiopia to conduct its first successful cervical cancer screening initiative in collaboration with Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital.
Yemesrach was a great addition to our team
Prior to our departure from Bryan, Ohio, IPRH was able to obtain an offer from Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers’ CEO, Mr. Phil Ennen to form a Sister Hospital agreement with Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital. Mr. Moges Alemu, President, and his son, Dawit Moges, CEO of Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital were pleased to accept the offer.
Cervical Cancer Statistics
Cervical Cancer in the United States
Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cases of cervical cancer and the number of deaths from cervical cancer have decreased significantly. This decline largely is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical precancer before it turns into cancer.1 For more information, visit HPV-Associated Cervical Cancer Rates by Race and Ethnicity.
In 2011 (the most recent year numbers are available)—
*Incidence counts cover about 99% of the U.S. population; death counts cover about 100% of the U.S. population. Use caution when comparing incidence and death counts.
1National Institutes of Health. Cervical Cancer. NIH Consensus Statement.1996;14(1):1–38.
2U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group. United States Cancer Statistics: 1999–2011 Incidence and Mortality Web-based Report. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and National Cancer Institute; 2014.
Cervical Cancer in Ethiopia
Cervical cancer mortality (estimates are based on national incidence estimates):
- Prevalence of cervical cancer: 17,362
- Ethiopia is one of 57 countries considered to have a healthcare workforce crisis.
- 1 doctor per 48,451 people
- 1 nurse per 57,350 people
In 2010, it was estimated that 20.9 million women were at risk of developing cervical cancer. The estimated number of cases was 4,648. The estimated number of deaths was 3,235.
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