In light of it being European Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, Mary Ward Loreto partnered with the Health Promotion and Education Office of Lezhe to organize an awareness activity with women working at the livestock processing factory in Lezhe .The women who work at the factory travel from remote surrunding areas to provide income for their families.
The training focused on the importance of sanitization and prevention through regular health screenings. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer globally and is a leading cause of death in many developing countries. According to the Albanian Institute of Public Health, Albania has a reported 100 new cases every year. Half of the cases are diagnosed when the cancer is at an advanced level, when treatment is very expensive and less effective.
The women were taught about how HPV (Human Papillomavirus) is transmitted and how to prevent it. (HPV is the virus that can lead to cervical cancer.)
Screening is a very important component of prevention and the women were encouraged to have screenings every year. The Ministry of Health has launched a free screening program nationwide and the women were given information about how to benefit from this free service.
When women’s health is made a priority, communities and economies thrive. This is one more step we are taking for women’s rights and equality in Albania.