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Atlas of visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid for screening, triage, and assessment for treatment

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Dr Srabani Mittal
Dr Srabani Mittal started her association with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 1999, when she joined the IARC-led project to evaluate visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and human papillomavirus (HPV)-based screening in Kolkata, India. In October 2018, she became a consultant to IARC for the study that is under way to evaluate the new HPV vaccine developed by the Serum Institute of India. Dr Mittal also served as a consultant to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia to review cervical cancer screening programmes in different countries in South Asia, develop training resources, and train nurses and clinicians. She was the secretary of the Asia-Oceania Research Organisation on Genital Infections and Neoplasia (AOGIN), India. Dr Mittal was a colposcopy trainer par excellence and participated in several IARC training programmes in India and elsewhere. Before her untimely death, on Saturday 10 August 2019 in Bangladesh, she had almost completed this digital atlas on VIA and thermal ablation.


Dr Partha Basu
Dr Partha Basu is Head of the Screening Group of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). He was Head of Gynaecological Oncology at Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute (CNCI), India, before joining IARC in 2015. Dr Basu obtained his MD from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India, and is a Diplomate of the National Board of Examinations (DNB), New Delhi. He was trained in gynaecological oncology at Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London. Dr Basu conducted several community-based research projects to evaluate new cervical cancer screening tests, novel methods of treating cervical precancers, and prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV). Involvement in these projects helped Dr Basu to gain vast experience in colposcopy and also to collect images and videos to prepare this atlas. He has conducted training courses in cervical cancer screening, visual inspection, colposcopy, and management of cervical precancers all over India and abroad. Dr Basu is an author of 109 publications in international peer-reviewed journals and more than 20 books/book chapters. He has contributed to several World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and has served as a consultant to the ministries of health in India and several South Asian countries and also to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). He is the founder secretary of the Asia-Oceania Research Organisation on Genital Infections and Neoplasia (AOGIN)-India and the past vice-president of the Association of Gynaecologic Oncologists of India (AGOI).


Technical Consultant

Mr Eric Lucas
Mr Eric Lucas is a Health Information Systems Specialist who joined the Screening Group at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, in 1999. His work includes designing health information systems and monitoring field studies, pilot projects, and national programmes, specifically in low- and middle-income countries. Mr Lucas is involved in the development of digital teaching materials (e.g. image atlas, digital tutorials). He was previously involved in cancer registration at IARC in the Unit of Descriptive Epidemiology. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the European Union (EU), PATH, and JHPIEGO in different African, Asian, South American, and European countries to help them to implement and monitor cancer prevention and early detection activities.




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