If you want to move fast, walk alone but if you want to move far walk in group

Implementing cervical cancer prevention and control programs requires multi-sectoral collaborative strategies with long term objectives. It is in recognition of this fact that we made collaboration the core of our implementation strategies at ECCN. The advantages of this approach are enormous. It leads to efficient use of available limited resources. Duplication of efforts that would have occurred in the absence of such collaboration is prevented and the scopes of collaborating organizations are usually expanded beyond the pre-collaborative stage.

Cervical Dashboard

This project is being executed in collaboration with the Nigeria and Africa Development Indicators Monitoring (NADIM) Foundation (external link to NADIM website ) with technical support from Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), WHO-IARC CanScreen5 team and National cancer control unit of federal ministry of health. NADIM uses the monitoring of development indicators to encourage the development of Nigerian communities and African countries. It also serves as an advocacy body, sensitizing Nigerians and Africans to demand and motivate Accountability, Responsible leadership and good governance. ECCN will be collaborating with NADIM to create a niche for cervical cancer within the broad scope of activities of the foundation.

Cervical dashboard will display data of each state as it relates to national and global indicators for cervical cancer prevention and control in Nigeria. It will disaggregate national indicators to state levels so that contributions of each state of the federation to the overall national indices can be monitored. It is intended to provide a robust monitoring system at both national and state levels for stakeholders to keep track of the progress and to make course corrections where necessary.

Why Did lady Y present late?

This project seeks to explore the similarities between factors promoting poor outcome of cervical cancer and high maternal mortality in low resource settings by asking why did lady Y present late similar to how Prof Mahmoud Fathalla asked why did Mrs X die? There is a striking similarity between the prevalence of cervical cancer and maternal mortality. Both are preventable, associated with low socio-economic status, related to inequality in access to quality healthcare, have evidence based preventive interventions and these interventions have successfully been implemented in developed countries while developing countries have not been able to take advantage of these proven interventions to reduce their burden of these conditions. The answers to the question why did Mrs X die provided better insight into the factors causing maternal mortality thereby providing basis for advocating a comprehensive intervention package to reduce maternal mortality. Similarly, we are hoping that the deconstruction of factors promoting late presentation will avail us with better intervention strategies to reduce the burden of cervical cancer. Concept Note – Why did lady Y present late?