Having access to a doctor is a privilege that most of us take for granted.
But in developing countries, even the most basic of medical innovations can have a huge impact.
That’s why a new form of cancer screening, which simply uses a phone, is helping to save thousands of women’s lives.
By taking cervical selfies, not only are many women able to see their cervix for the first time, but the screening can detect any signs of cancer.
The BBC reported that the type of screening is being used in 26 countries, including the Gambia.
An EVA system, a device that fits on a phone, can help detect signs of cervical cancer using the phone’s camera.
It is being used by Dr Adelard Ngabonziza and his team, who are encouraging women in Banjul to come in for a check-up.
Adama, a nurse, told the BBC: ‘You just touch your mobile phone and take pictures, and now you show her the photos of the cervix, then you discuss the result with the woman.’
Cervical cancer is one of the leading killers of women in Africa, but it can be treated quickly and cheaply if it is discovered early.
Any abnormalities detected by the cervical selfies are referred to specialists, who can then schedule further checks.
Only basic medical training is needed to take the photos, making them a huge asset in nations such as the Gambia, where health education and access to medicine is limited.