Artikelen door Anke Heitkamp

In Memorial

We were shocked to hear one of the dutch doctors international health and tropical medicine passed away during his work in Sierra Leone last week. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. More information on the site of Capacare

Gynaecological cancer in Low Income Countries

The most significant gynecological cancer in women in low Income Countries (LIC) is cervical cancer. The incidence worldwide is 528.000 (year 2012) with a mortality of 266.000. 87% of these cervical cancer deaths occur in women in LIC (Globocan., http://globocan.iarc.fr/old/FactSheets/cancers/cervix-new.asp). Cervical cancer is preventable: primary prevention involves vaccination with a HPV vaccine of young girls. Secondary prevention involves screening and treatment of pre-malignant cervical lesions. These interventions are feasible in LIC: for example 1 vaccine dose costs USD $ 4.50. Unfortunately, until now, this vaccination is not widely available yet in LIC (Singhrao et al, PLOS, 2013; http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article/asset?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001499.PDF). Worldwide, 75 countries have approved the HPV vaccination in their vaccination program, but only […]