The cervical screening project is one of 68 schemes that will receive funding from Grand Challenges Canada. Another project will use Coca-Cola’s distribution chain to improve the availability of life-saving drugs in developing countries.

Only innovation can reduce illness and poverty in Africa, according to a program that is funding creative approaches to healthcare in developing countries.

In countries such as Tanzania, where nearly 4,500 women die annually from the disease, the problem is exacerbated by an acute shortage of medical experts and a lack of quality screening services, especially in rural areas.

But now a group of Canadian and Tanzanian health innovators have joined forces to apply simple and safe mobile technologies to improve cervical cancer screening and thus potentially reduce mortality rates in the East African country.

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Source: CNN