Authors: Usha Rani Poli, Richard Muwonge, Triveni Bhoopal, Eric Lucas, and Partha Basu
Cervical cancer screening is a highly effective preventative measure; one research study resulted in an approximately 50% reduction in new onset of cervical cancer and related mortality following a single HPV screening session. Self-tests for cervical cancer represent an opportunity to extend these services and their benefits to hard-to-reach populations. Poli and colleagues assessed the feasibility of implementing CHW-driven cervical cancer self-assessments in Hyderabad, India. Results indicated that women readily participated in self-screening and that CHWs successfully enabled 65% of HPV-positive women to receive colposcopy.
Link: Feasibility, Acceptability, and Efficacy of a Community Health Worker–Driven Approach to Screen Hard-to-Reach Periurban Women Using Self-Sampled HPV Detection Test in India
Resource Topic: Infectious/communicable diseases
Resource Type: Research