LUSAKA, ZAMBIA: Progress challenged by power failures, survivors spread word of life-saving test

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This Care Card issued to patients at the Ngombe integrated clinic run by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia serves as their medical files, containing all necessary information on tests and medicines they require. On this day, however, staff has to work quickly to download card contents; the electricity has been out again, and only two hours of power from the generator remains.

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Fueled by HIV, cervical cancer is the leading cancer killer of women in Zambia. In 2006 the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia launched the first large scale cervical cancer prevention effort, which includes screening by visual inspection at 15 nurse led clinics around the country that can send information via computer to CIDRZ hub at Lusaka’s University Teaching Hospital, and on the spot cryotherapy. Below, four women learned of the screening availability when picking up their antiretroviral medicine were diagnosed early and now share their story with others to spread the word of a life-saving test.

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