Pap Smear



Healthcare: We held FREE PAP Smear and Glucose Screening campaigns monthly for disadvantaged women and provided education that addressed the falsehoods that restrict growth as early detection of cervical cancer is vital in saving lives.



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WTA OFFERS THE POOR FREE PAP SMEARS

Women Taking Action signed a Partnership Agreement with the Department of Correctional Services, West Coast Management Area and Pollsmoor who supported the organization in making a change The Department of Human Settlements has also done a successful program with organization.

FREE PAP SMEAR & GLUCOSE SCREENING

The organisation was concerned about the many injustices that prevail in poor communities but believe that this could not be more apparent than in women’s health care and more specifically, Cervical Cancer.


By 2016 the lifetime risk of developing Cervical Cancer in South Africa was high with the disease claiming about 3 400 women annually. Driven by the alarming reality that only about 20% of South African women have ever had Cervical Cancer testing done in their lifetime, Women Taking Action embarked on a FREE PAP SMEAR and GLUCOSE SCREENING campaign for all women in need.

Statistically certain cancers are more prevalent amongst black South African women. They are, in order of prevalence

Cervical cancer

Breast cancer

Oesophageal cancer

Uterine cancer

Lung cancer

CERVICAL CANCER TESTING NOT A PRIORITY

All too often one hears of Breast Cancer drives and Aids campaigns but seldom of the importance of PAP Smear Testing as Cervical Cancer has to compete for resources with diseases like HIV/Aids, malaria and tuberculosis.

We also provide young girls with toiletries and assist in raising awareness of the necessity of providing free sanitary towels to all disadvantaged girls.

REDUCING THE BACKLOG

Statistically the South African Health Department has a backlog of roughly five million Pap smears and Women Taking Action was aimed at charging ahead by contributing to the reduction of the backlog and saving lives through early detection.

“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love is put in the giving.” ― Mother Teresa



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