IBM leads agencies in combating cervical cancer in Kenya

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The Kenyan government’s health department, the Ministry of Health (MoH), and the United States Embassy have partnered in a project focused on pulling down the increasing cases of cervical cancer in the country.

The two have received a contingency plan from a group of IBM workforce aimed at subduing the rising cases of cervical cancer.

The plan recommends measures including use of district health information software to capture and analyse data on cervical cancer. Other recommendations include establishment of national reporting standards and requirements for health facilities to report cases.

IBM country general manager for East Africa Anthony Mwai told The Standard that leveraging the existing HIV care and treatment to include cervical cancer screening is a resource-sharing model that will ensure more women can access cervical cancer diagnoses as well as improve their treatment outcomes in the short- or long-term.

This is primarily what the IBM looks to achieve by using data to create intelligent systems that add value to life.