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African sisters in the fight against cancer

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Sr. Eunice, one of the beneficiaries of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation SLDI Alumnae Signature Grant, secured the grant to purchase a Cervical Screening machine.

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On World Cancer Awareness Day, ASEC would like to acknowledge the sisters working to prevent, treat and support individuals in their fight against cancer.

Sr. Eunice fights cervical cancer

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that over 1 million women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer. Many have no access to health services for prevention, curative treatment or palliative care. Cervical cancer is associated with infection by human papilloma virus (HPV). Regular cervical screening and vaccination can save thousands of life every year and ASEC is making access to life-saving screenings a reality.

Sr. Eunice graduated from ASEC’s SLDI Finance Track in 2009 and is one of the beneficiaries of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters SLDI Alumnae Signature Grant through which she received $25,000 to purchase a Cervical Screening machine in June 2015.

Cervical Cancer Screening Free of Charge

Cervical screening is free for everyone and there is a fee charge if treatment is needed. However, Sr. Eunice pointed out that some women’s groups such as “Poor Widows” members can receive both screenings and treatment – free of charge.

Cancer Awareness & Education

Due to high poverty levels and lack of educational resources in the area, maternal healthcare is often difficult to access. Community members give birth to many children, and many of the children are malnourished. Cases of HIV/AIDS, cancer, STDs, Hepatitis, Typhoid and even Malaria are the norm, not isolated cases, unfortunately. That's why cancer awareness and education sessions are regularly carried out at the hospital.

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Learn more about World Cancer Awareness Day at worldcancerday.org.

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