Creating a Patient Education Program in Tanzania

Written by Dr. Alexandra Miller '18

In large, bold type on page nine of my Swahili Medical Dictionary and Phrasebook (MJF Cooper 2006) is written Bora kinga kuliko tiba, which translates to “prevention is better than cure.” Although this phrase is common in English, we forget that for some diseases there is no cure. Cervical cancer is often diagnosed beyond a curable stage in resource-limited settings, despite being a preventable disease. Cervical cancer disproportionality affects women living in rural Tanzania. In, fact cervical cancer diagnosis is nearly ten times greater in rural Tanzania than in the United States.