Elvis Anyaechiechukwu Okolie

14 A systematic review of cervical cancer screening practices among female health workers in Nigeria

May 5, 2022 @ 11:00 – 11:50 UTC Timezone
Room A - BBB

Speaker: Elvis Anyaechiechukwu Okolie

Facilitator: Caroline Maringa

Cervical cancer is a disease of inequality and the commonest gynaecological cancer affecting women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) including Nigeria. While vaccination and screening have been shown to prevent cervical cancer, LMICs still account for more than 85% of the disease burden. Female health workers (FHWs) are expected to play a significant role in driving screening efforts. This study systematically investigated factors influencing cervical cancer screening among Nigerian FHWs. Upon completion of a systematic literature search involving six databases, 15 primary studies involving 3392 FHWs in Nigeria were included in this study. While FHWs had good knowledge and positive attitude towards cervical cancer screening, screening uptake was poor. Prevalent barriers included fear of positive results, cost, low-risk perception, and lack of time. Therefore, it becomes critical to implement interventions that translate FHWs cervical cancer knowledge and attitudes into screening uptake and recommendation for other women.

For additional information see: Research paper: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cnr2.1514

Recording: https://youtu.be/y9ZnL0D_mSY