In April and May 2022 the research team in Bangladesh performed a
survey into knowledge, practices and attitudes of rural women and men,
concerning cervical cancer, prevention and screening. Three medical
students from UMCG participated in the training of field workers and
assisted in the data collection in the field. They worked with the
Bangladeshi team for six weeks and travelled by boat to remote areas
in Bangladesh. In total, over 600 women and men were interviewed.
They helped with the data analysis and produced a Bachelor thesis for
their medical studies. This study will help the PRESCRIP-TEC project
in strengthening the communication and community mobilisation to
achieve maximum participation in the HPV self-testing and (if
necessary) follow-up screening by visual inspection of the cervix.
The same study was performed in Uganda, India and Slovakia. The
multi-country study gives insights into country-specific context to be
taken into account in rolling out HPV testing programmes.
In Uganda another team of medical students from UMCG worked in the
field with a local research team.