Cervical Screening Saves Lives, but Not Everyone has Access
Volunteer doctors with Go Doc Go bring crucial healthcare to women in Senegal
This past September, I spent a week in Senegal with Go Doc Go, a nonprofit providing women’s healthcare to women who have limited access to essential services in Ethiopia, Senegal, The Gambia and Haiti. Founded by Dr. Maggie Carpenter in 2014, the organization works with doctors and nurses who volunteer their time to train local midwives and doctors in these low income countries on how to screen for cervical cancer without performing expensive pap smears or needing hard to come by lab work. All items needed for future screenings and treatment are donated by Go Doc Go. On this trip, 240 women came to four different clinics for screening. Out of the group, nine of them were found to have and were treated for dysplasia, which can lead to cancer if not treated, and 6 women had biopsies taken..
I found out about this organization while following Dr. Laurel Edmundson for The Women's Series in 2019 when she made her first trip. I decided to join this time and document their important story. Here are some of my favorite images.