An Educational Training on Cervical Cancer Screening Program for Rural Healthcare Providers in India

  • Rita Caroline Isaac Professor of Community Medicine, Head, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
  • Prashanth Ramamurthy 2Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Madelon Finkel Professor of Clinical Public Health, Director Office of Global Health Education, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY USA
  • Annie Illikal Kunjuvareed 2Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  • Lyndal Trevena Associate Professor, University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Sydney, Australia

Abstract

Conventional, cytology based Cervical cancer screening programmes used in the developed world is often not practical in developing countries. Training of health care work force on a feasible, low-tech, screening methods is urgently needed in low resource settings. Twenty providers including doctors and nurses participated in a 2-days training workshop organized by a Community Health Center in rural South India. The pre-post-training assessment showed significant improvement in knowledge about cervical cancer, ‘low tech’ screening, treatment options and counseling among the participants.  Twenty volunteers screened at the workshop, 2 women (10%) tested positive and one had CINIII lesion and the other had cervical cancer stage IIIB. After the training, the participants felt confident about their ability to counsel and screen women for cervical cancer.

Author Biographies

Rita Caroline Isaac, Professor of Community Medicine, Head, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
Professor of Community Medicine, Head, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu.
Prashanth Ramamurthy, 2Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Madelon Finkel, Professor of Clinical Public Health, Director Office of Global Health Education, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY USA
Professor of Clinical Public Health, Director Office of Global Health Education, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY USA
Annie Illikal Kunjuvareed, 2Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Assistant Professor, RUHSA Department, Christian Medical College Vellore, Tamil Nadu
Lyndal Trevena, Associate Professor, University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Sydney, Australia

Associate Professor, University of Sydney, School of Public Health, Sydney, Australia

Published
2014-03-31
How to Cite
ISAAC, Rita Caroline et al. An Educational Training on Cervical Cancer Screening Program for Rural Healthcare Providers in India. Indian Journal of Community Health, [S.l.], v. 26, n. 1, p. 115 - 118, mar. 2014. ISSN 2248-9509. Available at: <http://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/505>. Date accessed: 28 june 2017.
Section
Short Article

Keywords

Screening; cancer cervix; training; low-tech screening test