Congratulations to CIDRZ Cervical Cancer Screening Nurse and Trainer, Susan Banda, who was named the Health Care Giver of the Year at the 2015 Zambian Women of the Year Awards! She was presented her award by Honourable Vice President Mrs Inonge Wina at a gala dinner in Lusaka recently.
Organising committee chair, Mrs Chilufya Mwaba-Phiri said that the “aim of the inaugural Zambian Women of the Year Awards is to honour women and recognize those that have positively impacted on the lives of their families, workmates, communities and society at large.” Susan was nominated for the award by the many clients that she has served at the CIDRZ Cervical Cancer Prevention Programme of Zambia (CCPPZ). This programme, which is part of the African Centre of Excellence for Women’s Cancer Control at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, provides same day “See and Treat” cervical cancer screening for pre-cancerous lesions. Since inception the programme has screened 200,000 women, has trained nurse screeners, and has set up static and mobile screening services throughout the country. Director of the CIDRZ programme Dr Sharon Kapambwe has recently been seconded to the Ministry of Health to ensure sustainable national scale-up of cervical and breast cancer screening in Zambia.