Survey on Cancers of the reproductive system treatment costs and accessibility

This survey was conducted by WAG with the support from SRHR Africa Trust (SAT). The study revealed that cervical cancer services are costly for ordinary women in Zimbabwe. Most women cannot afford to pay for treatment for the cancers of the reproductive system. The situation is even worse for women from the rural areas, hence deterring them from accessing the cancer treatment services. This therefore means that more women are affected considering that 62{33db7db148bca761536aec1f1a48f3a6c95f334a5093869cc2919d60b4195898} of women in Zimbabwe live in the rural areas. The study further revealed that the treatment costs are determined by severity or the stages of the cancer. For those with cancer that is at an advanced stage, the expenses also increase.

The study concluded that accessibility of the cancers of the reproductive system treatment is easy for those living in the cities. Women from rural areas find it challenging to access the treatment services considering that the local clinic, district and provincial hospitals do not offer the treatment services. Therefore, centralization of cancers of the reproductive system treatment services hinders women to access the services since there are extra expenses such as transport, accommodation and food.  Overall, the cancers of the reproductive system treatment are beyond the reach of women due to the prohibitive treatment costs and accessibility challenge. In Zimbabwe only Parirenyatwa and Mpilo hospital offer care and treatment thus adding further to the burden of treatment.