Cervical Cancer Prevention in Uganda: CIGC Vanguard Sponsor of Project Give Hope
Volunteer Medical Professionals Will Travel To Uganda To Train Local Doctors Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment
The Center for Innovative GYN Care is sponsoring efforts by Project Give Hope led by dynamic retired military nurse, Cherissa Jackson. In September 2017, Jackson traveled to Uganda with a volunteer medical team, and used an abandoned building to establish a 2-day clinic. This mission solidified her commitment to “Service Before Self.” While she provided medical care to over 200 rural villagers in two days, she knew she could do more to impact the rural community.
“Healthcare is… a necessity we have [in the United States], but is not affordable or available in the many rural communities of Uganda,” said Jackson. “I remember when we closed the doors of the abandoned building, packed up all our supplies, took down the tents and drove away, I could see the faces of those we didn’t help… I made a commitment to myself that if I took on a solo mission that I would prepare, research and make every attempt to strategize and collaborate to make it successful.”
PROJECT GIVE HOPE’S MISSION: Cervical Cancer Prevention and Early Treatment of Cancerous Cells for Women in Uganda
In Uganda, cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Choosing a place to start meant tackling this major health crisis that takes the lives of many Ugandan women. Efforts to prevent GYN cancers is an important part of annual exams for women’s healthcare in the United States. Unfortunately, in Uganda, like many areas of the world where access to care could mean literally walking miles to clinics that have limited supplies, preventative screenings are often too expensive or not a priority. Bringing access to these women became the mission.
MORE ABOUT PROJECT GIVE HOPE
A team of medical volunteers will visit Uganda on a 10-day mission to visit rural clinics, hospitals, medical groups, and government officials. Learn more about the project plan.
In Uganda, cancer remains a stigmatized disease, with very little understanding of how cancer cells affect the patient or how it develops. Lack of knowledge has created fear that cancer is a disease that can be contracted. Educating communities about the disease and getting treatment early on can contribute to overcoming the stigmas.
THE CANCER TREATING DEVICE
Cure Medical, in partnership with Liger Medical, has developed a cutting-edge medical device that offers a solution for the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer. The Thermocoagulator uses the latest state-of-the-art technology to treat pre-cancerous cell lesions in the cervix, caused by the HPV virus. The device is handheld and battery-operated, which makes it perfect for remote medical clinics that may not have access to power. The Thermocoagulator is quicker and easier to use than cryotherapy, and just as effective.
The procedure using this device is approximately 20-seconds per treatment to treat each cancerous lesion. The probe heats to 100 degrees Celsius, and each probe is good for 50 uses.
CIGC PHILANTHROPY & ADVOCACY
The CIGC specialists are advocates for women’s health. As GYN surgical experts, the value of cancer prevention cannot be underscored enough.
“Project Give Hope is a tangible way to help women who have limited access to even basic GYN care,” said Paul MacKoul, MD. “By supporting this cause, we are able to extend our commitment to innovative solutions in GYN care. We are proud to lead the way for other supporters of Ms. Jackson’s mission. She has accomplished so much in a short amount of time to make this effort possible, and we encourage other like-minded medical professionals to learn more about the project and make it a reality.”
CIGC is dedicated to providing information and materials for women to help navigate the complicated healthcare system. The CIGC surgeons advocate on behalf of women suffering with complex GYN conditions. Our minimally invasive surgical specialists have seen firsthand the pain and anxiety that women from around the world face before getting a proper diagnosis, evaluation and treatment. The CIGC practice believes that removing barriers to surgery & treatment includes making it accessible and affordable.
The CIGC specialists developed the LAAM fibroid removal for fertility technique and the DualPortGYN technique for hysterectomy, laparoscopic endometriosis excision and pelvic organ prolapse. Two small incisions (one placed at the belly button and one is placed just above the pubic bone) make it possible for women to recover from surgery in a days rather than weeks.
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The CIGC state-of-the-art specialists are available at three locations in the DC metro area. Virginia patients can visit the Reston, VA location, and Saturday appointments are available. Maryland offices are located in Rockville, MD and Annapolis, MD.
CIGC is dedicated to providing information and materials for women to help navigate the complicated healthcare system. The CIGC founders, minimally invasive GYN surgical specialists Dr. Paul MacKoul, MD and Dr. Natalya Danilyants, MD, developed their advanced GYN surgical techniques using only two small incisions with patients’ well-being in mind. Dr. Rupen Baxi, MD is a CIGC-trained minimally invasive GYN specialist with extensive fellowship training and a respected speaker and researcher.
Their personalized approach to care helps patients understand their condition and the recommended treatment so that they can have confidence from the very start. Our surgeons have performed over 20,000 GYN procedures and are constantly finding better ways to improve outcomes for patients.