Bode , the ancient Newar city lies in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, about eight miles from the capital city, Kathmandu. In this peaceful and healthy environment, the originals newari community comprises majority of the population whereas people from different part of the country also have settled here. This place is famous for its typical Newari culture and lifestyle. Agriculture and horticulture are the main source of livelihood for the people living in this area.
Nidhishakti Health Protection Center and Youth Samaj jointly organized a PAP smear test for Uteri cervix cancer screening program in Bode. Uteri cervix cancer is one of the top causing cancers in Nepalese women. This cancer is caused by the infection of Human papillomavirus (HPV). Cancer often takes years, even decades, to develop after a person gets HPV. Most people with HPV do not know they are infected and never develop symptoms or health problems from it. Some people find out they have HPV when they get genital warts. Women may find out they have HPV when they get an abnormal Pap test result (during cervical cancer screening). Others may only find out once they’ve developed more serious problems from HPV, such as cancers. Women aged 30 and above are recommended to have Pap smear for HPV test.
The program was provided technical support by medical team of Bhaktapur Cancer hospital. The total of 324 female conducted the Pap smear test. Women from the locality were provided awareness class a week prior to Pap smear test. The informational booklets and brochures on cancer were also distributed among the participants.