Cervical Cancer Undermines Gender Equality in Africa

From AfricaCan End Poverty Tue Nov 27 2012, 12:13:33

This blog post is co-authored with: Sheila Dutta

The 2012 World Development Report (WDR) "Gender Equality and Development" found that, while many disadvantages faced by women and girls have shrunk thanks to development, major gaps remain.

A significant gap is the excess female mortality in many low- and middle income countries, especially in childhood and during reproductive years. Among the main causes of premature death and ill health among women in sub-Saharan Africa, cervical cancer --a preventable condition that usually results from a viral infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV) that is generally sexually transmitted-- is a major culprit. As the figure shows, the Eastern, Western and Southern African regions have the highest incidence rates of cervical cancer in the world. Rates exceed 50 per 100,000 populations and age-standardized mortality exceeds 40 per 100,000 populations.

Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among African women. This situation is due to minimal cervical cancer screening services in the continent, resulting in a significant number of patients diagnosed with advanced-stage disease. In Eastern and Southern Africa, it is compounded by the high prevalence of HIV (HIV-positive women are 4-5 times more likely to develop cervical cancer).

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Zambia:   Africa's 2012 Golden Boot Winner Joins Metz (news)
Zambia Reports
1 September 2015

Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka has joined FC Metz of France. The French Division 2 club that commands the league after five games signed Mayuka at around 21:30hrs Zambian time on Monday. [read more]

Zambia/Kenya:   Stars Begin Preparations for 2017 Afcon Qualifier Against Zambia (news)
The Nation
31 August 2015

The national football team Harambee Stars will on Tuesday begin preparations for this weekend's 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifier match against Zambia's Chipolopolo. [read more]

Zambia/Kenya:   Chipolopolo Shape Up for Kenya Clash With Chisamba, Mbesuma Arrivals (news)
Zambia Reports
31 August 2015

Russia based midfielder Chisamba Lungu became the second foreign based player to join the Chipolopolo camp ahead of Sunday's Gabon 2017 Africa Cup qualifier against Kenya. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...