CureCervicalCancer completed a successful weeklong “See and Treat” training program for 22 healthcare providers from 12 facilities in Kisumu County, Kenya. We began the week with didactics, where trainees were given a lecture by Dr. Sharon Blosk and Dr. Chemtai Mungo, who joined us from UCSF, on the pathophysiology of cervical cancer. We were joined by Dr. Ganda, the gynecology oncologist of Kisumu County from the counties largest referral hospital, JOOTRH. Trainees also practiced see and treat skills in mock clinic stations including performing cryotherapy and thermocoagulation on a piece of chicken, patient counseling, patient documentation and referral, clinic hygiene.
Migosi Sub-County Hospital hosted our four-day practicum. Trainees were given a chance to practice their skills in a clinic setting in a four-day practicum. In just four days trainees screened 405 women and treated 15 women with thermocoagulation and 15 women with cryotherapy.
Throughout practicum, trainees were taught by six expert Kenyan health care providers who were previously trained by CureCervicalCancer and have been engaged throughout our projects as mentors.
The CCC community health nurse, Lilian, took a lead role in coordinating the training. Nurse Lilian currently manages the “See and Treat” CureCervicalCancer project in seven facilities and now we have expanded to a total of 11.
The training culminated with the graduation with the certification of each trainee to conduct “See and Treat” in their own facility. CureCervicalCancer and KMET (a Kenyan nonprofit ground partner) will continue to collaborate and support these 11 facilities to build a strong foundation of a sustainable cervical cancer prevention program.