This pilot project, supported by Fingo, uses an innovative online application to prevent cancer deaths among women. Developed by Inter-Culture and Strathmore University, the app works online and on mobile phones in Kenya. The app includes a questionnaire that allows researchers to obtain information from conversations with rural girls and women and, if necessary, enrol them for cancer screening.
Cancers are the third leading cause of death in Kenya, after infectious diseases and heart disease. It is estimated that around 40 000 people are diagnosed with various cancers each year and nearly 30 000 die from cancer. Cervical cancer is considered one of the biggest threats to women's health, with a prevalence up to seven times higher than in Western countries. The situation is worsened by a lack of resources for infrastructure and patient screening, which significantly increases mortality. Inter-Culture has set out to improve this situation in partnership with iLabAfrika, a Kenyan company that is part of Strathmore University in Nairobi.
The pilot project will focus on raising awareness of the threats of cervical cancer and the importance of treatment and screening. As part of the project, a web and mobile-based app has been created to facilitate patient follow-up and information transfer between patient and doctor and medical professionals. Support is also provided to local women's and children's clinics, which are responsible for patient diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. Over time, the project will help to dispel the misconceptions and assumptions associated with cervical cancer in rural areas. This will contribute to creating lasting change in society. The project will make early diagnosis of cancer more likely, which will significantly improve the prognosis and treatability of the disease.
Inter-Culture's project with iLabAfrica is also centrally linked to the UN's Agenda 2030 goals. Among these, the project is closest to the goals of ensuring good health and well-being (Goal 3) and promoting gender equality (Goal 5).