Integration of the diagnosis and management of cervical neoplasia in the curriculum of nursery, medicine and gynaecology

Team members: 
Patricia Claeys; Marleen Temmerman;
Team members: 
Patricia Claeys; Marleen Temmerman;


General Objectives

  • To reduce the incidence, morbidity and mortality related to cervical cancer in Nicaragua.
  • To upgrade the curricula of nursery, medicine and gynaecology at UNAN-Managua to international standards

Specific Objectives

  • Nurses, doctors and gynaecologists graduating at UNAN-Managua will be competent to adequately diagnosing and managing precancerous lesions of the cervix, and this adapted to their clinical function.
  • Patients with precancerous lesions of the cervix, presenting at Bertha Calderon Women´s Hospital, will be timely and correctly managed.


  • Installation of computerized information system
  • Installation and training in use of statistical programmes
  • Organisation of a scientific forum regarding management of cervical neoplasia
  • Exchange of staff between Gent and UNAN
  • Inclusion of cervical cancer in list of research topics for students
  • Development of research proposals
  • Researchers attend conferences to present results
  • Round table to define profile and skills of academics
  • Workshops to revise current programmes
  • Revision of programmes of other countries
  • Approval and implementation of new curriculum
  • Purchase of educational material and reproduction
  • Taining of staff in colposcopy
  • Training of staff in outpatient treatment modalities
  • Monitoring of quality of education (theoretical and practical) provided to students
  • Further specialization through scholarships
  • Refurbishment of a room for diagnostic and outpatient treatment teaching clinic
  • Purchase and maintenance of equipment for diagnosis and outpatient management
  • Organization of clinical protocols and referral system
  • Enhance support services (cytology and pathology)
  • Review of existing training modules for different levels
  • Development of adapted training modules
  • Provision of classes to students
  • Programming of practical classes
  • Evaluation of knowledge and skills acquired
  • Folllow-up of women included in the cohorte study on HPV after treatment
  • Further analysis of results
  • Publications
  • Dissemination at local and international level


  • Conditions to realize research related to cervical cancer improvedInstallation of computerized information system
  • Staff and students involved in research related to cervical cancer
  • Academic programme updated
  • Team of competent staff trained
  • Referral and training diagnostic and outpatient treatment clinic established
  • Graduates in nursery, medicine and gynaecology have received practical and theoretical courses
  • Cervical cancer ongoing research efforts consolidated
Project categories: 
Funding agencies: 
Clara Gonzalez, Magdalena Gonzalez, Alvaro Garcia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua
Project status: 
Project status: 
Ends on: 
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Ends on: 
Saturday, May 1, 2004
Ends on: 
Saturday, May 1, 2004