National Expansion of Breast & Cervical cancer Screening in Swaziland

Partnership objectives

To expand the availability of breast & cervical cancer screening for prevention, early detection and treatment of these cancers within the country and in doing so reduce the rate of disease and death.

Ministry of Health, BMSF, SBCCN Staff- Programme Launch in 2015 Ministry of Health, BMSF, SBCCN Staff- Programme Launch in 2015 Copyright Bristol-Myers Squibb

What are the health needs and challenges?

There are still a large number of women who do not screen regularly in the country and as a result of the high HIV rate many are highly at risk of cervical cancer. Many avoid prevention opportunities due to misunderstanding or cannot take them up if educated due to financial, transport or family barriers.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The partnership formed between SBCCN, BMSF and Ministry of Health was aimed at increasing the number of clinics in the country able to provide screening and prevention for cervical cancer and basic breast screening at the same time. The partnership included Baylor Intgernation Pediatrics Aids Initiative (BIPAI) as one of 14 clinics however BIPAI has also become a key partner in training and capacity development of the target sites. The partnership has already allowed since 2015 thousands of additional women to access screening in locations where they previously could not or would have screen due to challenges with transport funds and long distance travel as well as hospital queues in the few previously open clinics.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

The impact of the partnerships is in its early stages but can already be seen in the high numbers of women attending some of the new clinics for screening and treatment. Many women have reported to new sites for screening who have immediately been diagnosed and treated for pre-cancer or cancerous damage and may otherwise have not survived if the additional sites were not implemented. The rate of cervical damage being so high in Swaziland indicates the need for the new clinics and in time it is anticipated many thousands of lives will be saved by prevention through the treatment of pre cervical cancer and the detection of breast cancer at early treatable stages which is also being observed already in the dedicated breast referral clinics.

Measurement of progress towards objectives: 

Estimated overall value of partnership:

  • Approximately E1 Million in Equipment & Training

Estimated amount of people impacted:

  • About 16,000 additional women screened in 2015-2016

Partnership information

Company(ies) Bristol-Myers Squibb

Partner(s) Bristol-Myers Squibb - Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence in Swaziland, Swaziland Breast and Cervical Cancer Network, Swaziland Ministry of Health

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Operations Research

Region(s) Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Swaziland

Start Date 2015

More information Swaziland Breast & Cervical Cancer Network Brave the Breast Challenge

Anticipated completion date 2017

« The Baylor Cervical Screening clinic really helped me as I did not know I had cervical damage that could become a cancer and take me from my children. »

Cervical Screening Clinic Client