2003, Number S3
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ABSTRACTStrategies for introducing or strengthening cervical cancer prevention programs must focus on ensuring that appropriate, cost-effective services are available and that women who most need the services will, in fact, use them. This article summarizes the experiences of research projects in Bolivia, Peru, Kenya, South Africa, and Mexico. Factors that affect participation rates in cervical cancer prevention programs are categorized in three sections. The first section describes factors that arise from prevailing sociocultural norms that influence women’s views on reproductive health, well being, and notions of illness. The second section discusses factors related to the clinical requirements and the type of service delivery system in which a woman is being asked to participate. The third section discusses factors related to quality of care. Examples of strategies that programs are using to encourage women’s participation in cervical cancer prevention services are provided.
Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). Proceedings of the Western Kenya Cervical Cancer Prevention Project (WKCCPP) dissemination workshop; 2002, March 7. Nairobi, Kenya. Copies of this report are available by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing: Cervical Cancer Prevention Team, PATH, 1455 NW Leary Way, Seattle (WA), 98107 USA.