Nyafuru Masoya Matiku, a participant at the cervical cancer screening at Tarime District Hospital, is a 31-year-old mother for four from the town of Nyamongo. Though most people prefer to go to health clinics within walking distance from their home, Nyafuru was determined to be screened and paid 5,000 TSH (approximately $3.00) to get to the screening at Tarime District Hospital. Nyafuru also brought two friends from her village with her so they could all be screened the same day. In addition to cervical cancer screening, Nyafuru was also offered and agreed to be tested for HIV. She was happy to receive a clean bill of health.
Nyafuru is the mother of four children – three boys and one girl. When asked whether she would vaccinate her daughter against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, she stated, “Yes, that is the preferred prevention method for my child to be protected from cervical cancer.”
When asked her thoughts on her experience, she remarked, “Please keep coming to help us, because we need this service here in Tarime.”