THE UNIVERSITY OF RWANDA AND SPHERA TEAM UP TO FIGHT CERVICAL CANCER
May 2016. Fifty medical specialists successfully completed the first Cervical Cancer Prevention Course of the e-oncology Program from the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) given in Rwanda at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.
One of the most common cancers affecting women all around the world is cervical cancer. Detecting this cancer early is the key to keeping women alive and healthy. Screening, prevention and treatment are necessary to reduce mortality rates and vaccination against human papilloma virus needs to take hold.
A specific virtual classroom in cervical cancer prevention, run online by the ICO’s e-oncology team, was created for this group of students of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Rwanda which finished the course in two months. Based on the students’ evaluation, 96% thought that the information in the course was relevant to their work and practice techniques, and all of them would recommend the course to other professionals. 92% of the participants rated the course as good or excellent. In the words of one student, “The course was very interesting and will help us as postgraduates in the field to improve the care of patients with cervical cancer.”
The staff of the ICO designed the Cervical Cancer Prevention Course to provide information to health professionals worldwide while overcoming the limitations associated with travel, availability and language barriers, at no cost to students. Sphera Global Health Care has endorsed this project with the aim of enhancing the education of medical specialists.
The course content was developed by the Cancer Epidemiology Research Programme at the Catalan Institute of Oncology and peer-reviewed by experts from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Sphera Global Health Care is committed to Rwanda’s healthcare development and to turning this initiative into an on-going activity that will cover multiple specialties. The second edition of the Cervical Cancer Prevention Course is scheduled to start before the end of the year. Moreover, and continuing with its international cooperation work, Sphera runs and sponsors the third expedition to fight cataract blindness, led by the Barraquer Foundation from Spain that will take place at the Rwamagana Hospital from 23 to 30 July, 2016.
The Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO): through its e-learning programme, e-oncology, the ICO offers a consolidated virtual training methodology that is grouped into five programmes featuring 48 courses that have been translated into five languages, with more than 13,000 participants on every continent.
University of Rwanda: its mission is to support the development of Rwanda by researching and advancing knowledge. The university, which is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence, is a place where students are prepared for lives of service, leadership and solutions.