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The ASPIRE Program

ASPIRE to Prevent, ASPIRE to Innovate, ASPIRE to Empower
ASPIRE is an international women's health initiative aims to save thousands of lives by implementing a scalable and affordable integrated cervical cancer screening program in Eastern Africa using self-collection for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).

The ASPIRE program is community-driven and will undertake education and information campaigns to increase knowledge and capacity among healthcare providers.

  • Over four million women worldwide are expected to die from cervical cancer in the next 20 years.
  • 80 per cent of these preventable deaths will occur in developing countries. 
  • Introduction of self-collection of vaginal specimens for HPV testing at three sites in Uganda
  • See-and-Treat intervention at the local health centre for precancerous lesions
  • Referral to hospital for advance cancer treatment
  • Capacity and knowledge strengthening through colposcopy training for local physicians
  • Information, communication and education on cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
  • 100,000+ women ages 35-69 screened for cervical cancer 
  • Up to 3,000 cervical cancer cases prevented 
  • Minimum of 60 obstetricians trained in colposcopy 
  • 100,000+ men and women educated about cervical cancer

When a Mother Lives 

What happens to a family, community and country when a mother lives instead of dies? This is the fundamental question at the heart of When a Mother Lives, a 23 minute documentary from ASPIRE, a global health initiative about cervical cancer from the BC Centre for Disease Control.  Set in Kisenyi, Uganda, the story is told through the lives of three women who live in Kisenyi as well as by interviewing various stakeholders in the project, including Ugandan researchers, clinicians, and the Ministry of Health.  The goal of the documentary is to spread a positive message to funders and policy makers on how practical and sustainable action around cervical cancer screening can be taken in places where no screening currently exists. By transporting the viewer into the lives of the women, the video also brings greater understanding to their experiences and provides motivation to move forward for change.  

When a Mother Lives was inspired by the idea of pairing a ‘tried and true’ model of community engagement and mobilization with a new and novel ‘leapfrog’ screening technology called HPV DNA testing.  The video outlines “The ASPIRE Process” as an ecosystem consisting of six distinct, yet mutually reinforcing steps: Educate, Mobilize, Collect, Test, Treat, and Grow. Taken together, these steps layout a road map for how a cervical cancer screening program might be realized in low income settings like Kisenyi and provide a potential ‘recipe for success’ in further reducing the burden of cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa.

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