"Every year cervical cancer kills more than 250,000 women and 85% of these deaths occurs in low and middle income countries. Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women worldwide, but most of these deaths could be avoided with preventive measures, such as vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) and screening programs to detect and treat precancerous lesions.
(The International Agency for Research on Cancer – IARC, 2017)
The Mario Sideri Project was born in memory of Dr. Mario Sideri, internationally renowned gynaecologist and oncologist and pioneer in the fight against gynaecological cancer. Its aim is contributing to the reduction of female mortality due to cervical cancer, which represents one of the most important causes of women’s death in Africa.
The project focuses on prevention through the training of doctors and midwives on the Pap test method, the diagnosis and colposcopy treatment. The training is combined with an essential sensitizing work on the population in order to promote the cervix screening.
Patologi Oltre la Frontiera (APOF – Pathologists Over the Borders) is partner in project – an NGO involved in cancer prevention projects in the Southern hemisphere.