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Making cervix cancer screening accessible through self sampling in an intercultural context


In this project we want to decrease the morbidity and mortality of cervical cancer in women in Ecuador by introducing screening based on self sampling. The project combines state-of-the-art screening practices with empowering women of different ethnic origins, taking into account cultural beliefs and involving traditional and local caregivers as intermediary health workers.

To achieve this, we will develop an operational plan to optimize technical aspects of laboratory diagnosis, set up a logistic pathway, educate health workers and study the acceptability of the proposed strategies for the end-users.

A strategy to follow up screening results by means of telemedicine will be developed and introduced.

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Véronique Verhoeven
Local promoter Bernardo Vega
Local partner institution Universiteit Antwerpen
visit www.uantwerpen.be
Local partner institution Universidad de Cuenca
visit http://www.ucuenca.edu.ec/
Other local partners Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Budget € 69.562