Developing online modules to enable cervical cancer screening through Pap smears in Low-Middle Income countries
Cervical cancer is a rampant disease due to health care disparity in Low-Middle Income countries. Since 2008, I have been working to enhance the availability of Pap smears in rural India. We first created Pap smear services and laboratories (attached figure - upper left), where good quality staining can be performed. Since 2013, we have been training laboratory technicians to read and interpret Pap smear slides in Tamilnadu, India. This was very successful and we now have 5 laboratory technicians (attached figure- upper right) who can read and assist in reporting Pap smear slides. In the process, we also created a standardized curriculum.
This successful model needs to be scaled up and replicated in other states in India and other countries; To test the scalability, we propose developing online educational modules (lower panel in attached figure) with the standardized curriculum, and translate it in local languages. We will be able to test this in three locations in the next few months (Silchar, Assam (language Bangla); Bhilwara, Rajasthan (Hindi) and Dhaka (Bangla). A student will work with us to develop the modules and assess the skill development among laboratory technicians in the newly set up laboratories.