In December this year, we will be travelling to Nepal to investigate a new potential project. Here, they will be working with Community Service Academy Nepal (COSAN) charity to understand and promote their work on uterine prolapse and cervical cancer screening in remote regions where this would otherwise not be possible.
Uterine prolapse affects one in four Nepalese women, and causes difficulties in walking, sitting and lifting objects. This is damaging to Nepalese women who rely on their physical strength to provide for their families, and can thus result in significant financial, social and psychological impacts through divorce, social isolation and stigma.
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in women aged 15 to 44 in Nepal, despite the fact that cervical cancer screening is cheap (only AU$6 per woman) and can save many lives. It is estimated that only 5% of women in Nepal aged 21-65 have ever had a cervical cancer screening test, compared to 55% of Australian women. COSAN aims to change these statistics, with each COSAN camp screening nearly 1,000 women for cervical cancer and hundreds for uterine prolapse operations. We see the potential for an immense impact in working alongside this amazing organisation, and are excited to share with you our findings!