12 July 2018, Prishtina 

For the first time in Kosovo, women and girls in Prishtina (21-65 years old) got invitations via SMS that have been sent individual to do the PAP test in one of the Family Medicine Centers – Women’s Wellness Center, Family Medicine Center 5 or Family Medicine Center 6 in Prishtina. All of this was achieved through the support of UNFPA, the Kosovo Office and the coordination of the foundation “Action for Mothers and Children”.

The free Pap tests as part of the cervical cancer screening program is continuing successfully during 2018 in the Municipality of Prishtina. The cervical cancer screening program, through Pap tests, was initially launched in 2016 and so far women from different age have done the Pap Test at the three Family Medicine Centers in Prishtina. In 2018, this program was extended to the Municipality of Prizren, where the delivery of free Pap tests will begin during July. The purpose of screening for cervical cancer is the early detection of abnormal cervical cells in the early stages when they can easily be removed before the cancer develops.

“We are happy that we have managed to practice the international standards of the screening programs, hoping that women and girls will respond positively to our message to go and do the PAP test, Cervical Cancer can be prevented!” said Dorina Grezda from Action for Mothers and Children.

This program is supported by United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA (Kosovo Office), the National Board for Cancer Control, the Institute of Pathology within the University Clinical Center of Kosovo, National Institute for Public Health in Kosovo, the Ministry of Health, and the non-governmental organization Action for Mothers and Children.