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Well before the minibus pulls in, a crowd of 100 women has gathered, many toting children. More continue to arrive by bike, on foot. Soon they spill out from under the shelter of two tents that constitute a makeshift waiting area. Some cluster among trees. Others lean against the village maternity building, a five-room structure that many have never set foot in because they gave birth at home.

It’s no ordinary bus that they’re waiting for. Outfitted with a metal exam table, a nitrous oxide gas tank and shelves stocked with cotton swabs and medical gloves, it’s a cervical cancer exam room on wheels.

And it’s coming toward the rural village of Pabre, about 15 miles from the capital of Burkina Faso.

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Image┬áBy Adam Jones, Ph.D. – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=22141123

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