Cervical Cancer Awareness, Screening, and Prevention in Western Kenya
June 01, 2019 - August 01, 2019
Developing new methods to measure cervical cancer stigma and provide comprehensive care via a mobile application.
Cervical cancer, a highly preventable and treatable disease, is disproportionately represented in low and middle income countries. This is largely due to inadequate access of screening and treatment services, lack of a trained health workforce, and implementation gaps in current prevention and treatment guidelines. In Kenya, these realities are all too apparent. Cervical cancer is the most frequent cancer among Kenyan women and national screening rates are currently less than 5%. Dr. Megan Huchko has partnered with the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the Kenyan Ministry of Health for the past five years to develop community-based strategies to improve access to cervical cancer screening and linkage to treatment. The need to measure cervical cancer stigma and provide greater support to patients and community health care workers have emerged as two complementary barriers for screening acceptance and uptake.
In conjunction with Dr. Huchko's study team, students will have the opportunity to join two team based projects:
1) Validate a survey instrument to measure cervical cancer stigma. Team members will administer the survey to key stakeholders, conduct results dissemination meetings, and facilitate focus group discussions about cervical cancer stigma. Team members will be expected to work collaboratively within a larger team and play an integral role in the implementation and analysis plan for the survey.
2) Develop the content for a mhealth application focused on
a) cervical cancer education for patients and
b) counseling support and job aid tools for community health workers.
Team members will be expected to develop culturally-appropriate content, design a pilot testing plan, and incorporate feedback from community members, county health officials, and community health workers.
Project Application Process
Students must fill out and submit a project application, CV and recent transcript to GH-Education@duke.edu by October 2, 2018. Students may apply to no more than two project opportunities and a separate application must be completed for each SRT project site. The scheduled interviews for this project location will take place during the week of October 22. Any questions regarding the application, interview dates or general project information should be directed to Lysa MacKeen.
Project Selection Criteria
• Interest in global reproductive health
• Hardworking, flexible, and comfortable working with a team
• Prior experience with survey development or mhealth applications desired