Telehealth for Cervical Cancer ScreeningPhase 1 - Research
At a glance:
Zambian Health Informatics Association (ZHIA),
Urunana Development Communications,
University of Rwanda,
Jan 2016 and onwards
Kenya, Rwanda & Zambia
Telehealth solution to be determined
Telehealth for Cervical Cancer Screening
This multi-country project explores the use of telehealth solutions for earlier detection and better treatment options for cervical cancer. The project aim is to align to national health initiatives and specific campaigns. Baseline studies included policy makers, medical doctors, clinicians, patient representatives, insurance companies and other key stakeholders to inform the following stages.
Challenges to address
Cervical cancer mortality rates in East and Southern Africa are among the highest in the world. One of the reasons is that the disease is detected late, which means that treatment options are more limited and less effective. Women living with HIV are four times as vulnerable to cervical cancer and resource poor and hard-to-reach communities often lack access to the needed expertise early enough.
The project is devided into four stages as shown in the illustration below. Stage 1 was completed in 2016 and stage 2 has commenced in 2017.
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