Preventing cervical cancer in Cameroon
Cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in Cameroon. In countries with few resources, screening programmes are generally unsuccessful, because patients often have difficulties complying with regular follow-up.
Since 2015, HUG has been conducting a study aiming to set up a screening system that proves effective in Cameroon’s socio-economic context. The method currently under evaluation is the test known as “HPV”. Its sensitivity is greater than the traditional cytology and screening intervals can be more spaced out. Moreover, a major advantage of this system is that it allows for self-sampling. Last but not least, the results are available immediately, which enables women to be screened and treated during the same visit.
This project also looks to train local healthcare professionals and give them the independence required to continue the cervical cancer screening and treatment. It concerns women aged between 30 and 49 in a region with 300,000 inhabitants in Western Cameroon.
Promoting rehabilitation in Haiti
On 12 January 2010, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake during which over 230,000 people lost their lives and 300,000 others were injured. Since 2011, HUG has been working alongside Handicap International to offer Haitians access to rehabilitation services. It is particularly involved in a training project for rehabilitation technicians in the country’s different hospitals.
In 2016, the work above all consisted in guiding the establishments concerned to encourage the smooth integration of their rehabilitation service. Awareness was raised among personnel regarding the issue of disability and the role of physiotherapists. Nurses benefitted from teaching aimed at allowing them to acquire handling and mobilisation techniques tailored to people with a disability.
Awareness-raising campaigns were also carried out among the country’s doctors so that they know of the existence of rehabilitation services and direct their patients requiring this type of care towards them.
in 2016, hug trained 80 nurses, 7 physiotherapists-trainers and
50 trainee nurses in Haiti in rehabilitation
73 hug members of staff
took part in
41 humanitarians missions
Innovations accessible to all
Every two years, HUG organises a large-scale event in collaboration with the University of Geneva designed to encourage interaction between practitioners, scientists and politicians: the Geneva Health Forum (GHF). In April 2016, the tenth forum attracted 1,200 participants from 80 countries. It looked to promote thinking about innovation in terms of health, especially regarding the need to develop medical solutions that are both affordable for all patients and environmentally friendly.
Some sixty innovations were presented in a space reconstructing a peripheral hospital of the future. These included a high-technology radiology device “tropicalised” to withstand extreme weather conditions and sold at 10% of the market price.
Several major Swiss and foreign university establishments as well as federal partners helped to organise this conference. Welcoming the World Health Summit as guest of honor opened up the GHF to a more academic audience.
Suppliers also engaged
Respecting the principles of social and environmental responsibility also means making a commitment to work with suppliers that share the same values. In 2012, HUG drew up an Agreement that formalises its expectations in terms of ethics, respect for human rights and working standards, protection of people’s health and safety and environmental protection.
Since then, it has been making major efforts to get as many of its suppliers as possible to ratify this document. 262 had signed this agreement by the end of 2016. In adhering to it, they have undertaken, on a voluntary basis, to follow and implement all of the principles laid out within it.