Our trainees for VIA screening exams are mostly nurses. Many had not previously performed pelvic exams but what they lacked in experience, they have made up for with enthusiasm. They have been attentive students and have made great strides over these past two days. Our patients vary in age from 20's to 50's. Many have been referred from the HIV clinic where they have access to free anti-retroviral medications. Many have never had any form of cervical cancer screening before.
We are fortunate at this site to have a skilled gynecologist who has taken the initiative to try to create a screening program for the region.The logistical hurdles have been significant but Carol and several key members of the Kiambu Hospital staff are tackling them each one by one. Carol's commitment to this project and amazing skills of gentle persuasion have inspired us all. We are tired tonight but we will all return tomorrow refreshed and ready for our next clinic day.