In late January and early February of 2006, a site visit was planned to the University of Ibadan (locted in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria). Members of the joint American/Canadian met with members of the department of gynecology - and also with other practice leaders from across Nigeria.  Dr. Issac Adewole brought together six teams comprised of engineers, clinical physicians, and pathologists.  These teams were drawn from six different cultural and political areas of Nigeria, chosen to reflect the tribal, cultural, and religious diversity of Nigeria.
Operation Stop Cervical Cancer

Initial team visit to Nigeria - February 2006
Presenters from each region are shown above.  In sum, two project sites were established in the north (Jos and Zaria), two in the east (Port Harcourt and Enugu), and two sites in the west (Lagos and Ibadan).  All six centers are recipients of the President’s (U.S. President) Emergency Plan for Acquired Immunodeficiency Disease Syndrome Relief or PEPFAR funding which is distributed through Johns Hopkins and Harvard University.  Further, Dr. Adewole has 20+ year relationships with individuals at each site, knowing each to be effective leaders in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.
Following this meeting, visiting personnel toured the University College Hospital in Ibadan facilities for surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, radiology, pathology, and cytology (Exterior and interior of facilities are pictured at right). They met the Ibadan team, setting both clinical and research goals. Returning to the Ibadan gynecology clinic, they began the fully “Internal Review Board approved” research collaboration, seeing ~100 patients together. Ten patients participated in the joint research study. After two days in clinic, three days of meetings took place with 60 leaders from the above six regions (including teams of administrators, clinical physicians, pathologists, cytologists, radiologists, surgeons, chemotherapists, and radiotherapists). Each program agreed to set aside a clinical area and personnel for either starting or increasing cervical cancer screening. Each area was also commissioned to conduct an informal needs assessment for future discussion. By making these six centers, Centers of Excellence, we created sustainable infrastructure in Nigeria.
Please click here to download a pdf that explains this visit - and the wider project - in greater detail.