GANGTOK, SIKKIM, INDIA 19-21 MARCH 2013
This training course to screen for (by visual inspection +/- colposcopy) and treat (by cold coagulation/cryotherapy) cervical cancer was designed for medical providers of all levels (gynaecologists, doctors, nurses, midwives, health workers).
The objective was to provide theoretical sessions followed by intensive hands-on experience in both screening by visual inspection, with and without colposcopy, and treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN).
The 3-day course consisted of one day theory (classroom) followed by 2 days of hands-on experience. The course was hosted at Sir Thutob Namgyal Memorial Hospital (STNM) in Gangtok and organized in collaboration with the State Government in Sikkim, which aims to set up state-wide cervical screening by visual inspection and treatment of precancerous lesions by cold coagulation or cryotherapy. This course trained master trainers for the entire state.
Each participant was provided with the necessary training material, i.e. the practical manual on visual screening for cervical neoplasia for nurses, midwives and health workers; the beginners' manual on colposcopy and treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia for gynaecologists and doctors, and a copy of the digital learning series CD-ROM (VIA, VILI, LEEP, Cryotherapy and Cold Coagulation) and the quick reference visual inspection chart (VIA / VILI) for all participants.
The course faculty included:
- Dr P. Usha Rani Reddy (Course Director), MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad, India
- Dr Parthasarathy Basu, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), Kolkata, India
- Dr Srabani Mittal, Child In Need Institute (CINI), Kolkata, India
- Dr Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France
Special thanks are due to Dr Dr Yogesh Verma, STNM Hospital, Dr P.M. Pradhan, Mission Director NRHM, Dr R.N. Deokota, HOD, Gynaecology and Dr K. Bhandari, Secretary of Health in Sikkim State.