Awareness promotes early detection and influences early health seeking behavior among the apparently healthy. Routine HPV vaccination comes with several benefits to individuals, societies and the nation as a whole: it prevents HPV infection and cervical cancer, decrease genital warts, establish herd immunity against HPV and it removes the negative physical and psychosocial impacts. Its cost effectiveness also ensures considerably huge cost savings in terms of the money spent on diagnosis and treatment. Likewise, cervical cancer screening helps in identifying high-grade, pre-cancerous cervical lesions which can easily be treated and thereby preventing cervical cancer. Moreover, evidence shows that women who screen twice or three times, between ages 30 and 45, can lower their lifetime risk of cervical cancer by 50%.
Our strategy therefore has changed and promoted early health seeking behavior among participating individuals, institutions/organizations and communities. The Foundation has engaged more than 100,000 individuals, most of which have reached out to health facilities for screening services, vaccination and practices of good health behavior. We have also organized screening and vaccination activities. The project is achieving a lasting impact, the HPV vaccination which we introduced to the people is helping to prevent HPV infection, decrease genital warts, establish herd immunity against HPV and removes the negative physical and psychosocial impacts. Likewise, cervical cancer screening.