The past half decade has seen many additional meetings following the initiation of this fruitful collaboration. Over a dozen sessions between Nigerian, American, and Canadian team members have occurred in Africa and North America - and several research research publications based on these efforts have been produced (please visit the wider study publication page here). A complete accounting of this work can be found here (downloads a PDF summary of the project).
Additional trips (2006 onwards)
+ plans moving forward
The overall major accomplishments of this effort so far include:
- Establishment of a partnership with dedicated Nigerian health professionals to create a cervical cancer control program in Nigeria that is based on World Health Organization guidelines.
- Selection of six clinical performance sites in Nigeria and vetting of these sites to assess needs in terms of equipment, supplies, and training.
- Delivery of equipment, supplies, and training to Nigeria that allowed six clinics to begin screening and treatment for cervical cancers and precancers
- Equipping a full-service pathology laboratory in Ibadan with sophisticated devices for automated reading of cytology specimens
- Bringing to Nigeria the training and technological resources needed to begin and maintain a population-based cancer registry that will track cases and help assess risk factors over time.
Going forward, the program project team will build on the above efforts to bring forward low-cost screening technologies to improve cervical cancer outcomes in Nigeria. At each study site, the team will continue to push for uniform data management and reporting, complete development of see-and-treat methodologies for use with automated screening devices, work to equip all sites with the means to care for women with invasive cancer. The team is also aiming to complete a healthcare barrier study and coordinate with Nigerian stakeholders to plan the future of the program.
Given its previous on-the-ground successes and its very robust network of international collaborators, the Operation Stop Cervical Cancer in Nigeria effort will continue to make a substantial contribution to improving women's health in Nigeria.