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Table 6 Key indicators and targets for the strategy

From: Gaps and opportunities for cervical cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care: evidence from midterm review of the Zimbabwe cervical Cancer prevention and control strategy (2016–2020)

Key indicators Baseline (2016) [5] Midterm results (2019) [5] Targets (2020) Comments/Analysis
Reduction in cervical cancer age-specific mortality rate 35.3 per 100,000 46 per 100,000* 33 per 100,000 Mortality may not decrease initially as reporting gets better
Reduction in cervical cancer age-specific incidence rate 56.4 per 100,000 86.1 per 100,000 52 per 100,000 Incidence may not decrease initially as reporting gets better due to screening and better surveillance
Increase in % of women and girls who ever heard about cervical cancer 76% No data 90% Data can only be obtained through a national survey such as ZDHS
Increase in % of girls aged 11 years who are vaccinated against HPV 86% 80% Overachievement in this indicator is a good sign of commitment towards primary prevention
Increase in % of women who ever screened for cervical cancer 13% No data (national survey) 50% Data can only be obtained through a national survey such as ZDHS
Increase in % of women with precancerous lesions who received treatment. 53% 66% 80% Significant improvement from the baseline, target realistic.
Increase in % of women eligible for LEEP or suspected with cervical cancer who access histological investigations No data 50% Data collection needs strengthening for this indicator which can feasibly be collected with the right tools
Increase in % of women with operable cervical cancer who had surgery No data 10% Data collection needs strengthening for this indicator which can feasibly be collected with the right tools
Increase in % of women with cervical cancer who received radiotherapy and chemotherapy services No data 65% Data collection needs strengthening for this indicator which can feasibly be collected with the right tools