TRACCTION - Towards the elimination of cervical cancer: transdisciplinary science for smarter implementation strategies
Towards the elimination of cervical cancer in Tanzania: Transdisciplinary science for smarter implementation strategies (TRACCTION) is a mixed methods study using a transdisciplinary approach to explore women’s perceptions of cervical cancer care, document the cervical cancer care cascade from pre-cancer screening through treatment for women living with and without HIV, and identify demand side gaps and opportunities for increasing cervical cancer screening and pre-cancer treatment uptake in Kilombero District, Tanzania. While cervical cancer is the most common cancer and leading cause of cancer-related mortality in Tanzanian women , existing evidence on barriers to cervical cancer screening and care in Tanzania is predominantly from urban areas or a health systems’ perspective [2-6].
The TRACCTION study will meet study objectives using innovative, community-based qualitative data collection methods, a community-based survey (n=800) and the development and analysis of an integrated digital database of HIV patients and cervical cancer screening uptake from a regional reference hospital. Community members, health care professionals and policy makers will be invited to review study findings and exchange during participatory workshops to formulate policy recommendations to improve uptake of cervical cancer screening and pre-cancer treatment in Kilombero District and other similar contexts.
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Involved Countries: Tanzania, United Republic of