Dissemination of Project Breaking the Stigma
Dissemination of Project Breaking the Stigma: Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a self-sampling based approach for cervical cancer screening in urban and peri-urban Nepal
The dissemination program of the research project “Breaking the stigma: Exploring the feasibility and acceptability of a self-sampling based approach for cervical cancer screening in urban and peri-urban Nepal” was held on the 8th of February 2021 in Kathmandu. The project is funded by Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) and collaborated by SH:24. There was a diverse range of attendees in the program present in person or via video conferencing, as a precaution to the pandemic. The event was graced with the in person attendance of Mr Mahendra Shrestha, Chief Specialist of the Ministry of Health and Population, Dr Bikash Devkota, division director of the Curative Division, Department of Health Services, Professor Dr Bishnu Poudel, Managing Director, Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, Ms Namita Ghimire from Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC), Prof Dr Ganesh Dangal, Chairperson, Nepal Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist (NESOG), Dr Yogendra Singh, Head of Department, Oncology, Institute of Medicine, TUTH along with other prominent health professionals and BNMT staffs. Similarly, those present online were Dr Pradeep Gyawali, head NHRC, Ms Pema Lakhi, Nepal Fertility Care Center (NFCC), Prof. Dr. Sunila Shakya, Gynaecologist, Dhulikhel Hospital and SH:24 team.
In the program, the sharing was done virtually by SH:24 team and in person by BNMT team. The presentations mainly focused on introductions to the project & team, a summary of research and the methods, key insights from research participants and a proposal for a pilot, followed by Q and A session and the remarks from the government stakeholders. The concerned stakeholders appreciated this project as an innovative project and emphasized on its need to inform research policy. They also stressed that such innovations could empower Nepali women to prevent them from having the cervical cancer. They congratulated BNMT for initiating this and welcomed the organization for future collaboration.
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