Cervical cancer poses a huge health risk for women in Zimbabwe amid revelations that 1400 deaths are being recorded annually, while very few are being tested or know where to go for screening. 

At 70 years, Mbuya Auxillia Pasipamire tested positive for cervical cancer, eventually undergoing successful treatment in 2014.

She recounts the time when she like many fellow women who have been affected by this disease have to endure in a society where very little information is provided on this disease.

This is the life shared by 36 year old, Alice Verera.

She is lucky to survive, but there are many women who are silently  suffering from cervical cancer with figures from the 2015 Zimbabwe demographic health survey showing that although nationally, 79 percent of women had heard of cervical cancer, only 13 percent of them have had a test to screen for the disease.

A survey in Masvingo Province revealed worrying statistics recorded at Chiredzi hospital which handled over 353 positive cases of cervical cancer last year.

The latest figures also show an increase for the first quarter and these statistics could be more, according to Chiredzi District Medical Officer, Dr David Tarumbwa.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 2270 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Zimbabwe and 1451 women are estimated to die of cervical cancer each year.

Equally worrying statistics have been recorded at Bikita clinic and Mukaro clinic in Gutu.

Cervical cancer is a treatable disease, and support to ending this challenge has seen the government coming together with development partners under the results based financing initiative to offer free screening and testing for the disease.