Telehealth for Cervical Cancer Screening

Phase 1 - Research

At a glance:


Zambian Health Informatics Association (ZHIA),

Urunana Development Communications,

University of Rwanda,


DSV/Stockholm University


Jan 2016 and onwards


Kenya, Rwanda & Zambia

Thematic Area?



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.

Project stages

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.

Why support digital health?

The stark number of health projects where ICT is failing to make a difference should not have health professionals, policy makers and public health specialists abandon digital health as an essential tool for improved health systems and outcomes. Just imagine if we had abandoned internet banking with the first system failures and online fraud. Similarly we cannot give in to the failures, but instead seek knowledge from them in order to address shortcomings. SPIDER positions the organisation to be a resource for knowledge and a web creator for the essential expertise to be pooled, in order to avoid the hype of ICT being a fix-it-all-miracle and instead refocus on the people using the technology.


Zambia Health Informatics Association (ZHIA)

Zambia Health Informatics Association is a not-for-profit organisation focusing on health informatics and advocates for e-health development.

Urunana Development Communications

Urunana Development Communications is an organisation working with public health through radio shows and community engagement.

Stockholm Environment Institute Africa (SEI-Africa)

SEI-Africa  has a mission to support close collaboration with African organisations and networks on key environmental and development issues.

DSV, Stockholm University

The Department of Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm university is the oldest and largest ICT department in Sweden. It is also the largest department of Stockholm university.