During the pilot phase, 113 service providers from the 16 selected districts were trained at BSMMU.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of BSMMU worked as the main co-ordinating centre in this programme.
Trainee service providers spend 15 days at BSMMU learning VIA and colposcopy in small groups.
In 2006 and 2007, as part of the extension of the programme, 234 service providers were trained at BSMMU, in addition to the 113 who had been trained in the pilot phase (Table 1).
To develop well-equipped referral centres (colposcopy clinics) in medical colleges, colposcopy training was provided to 37 gynaecologists in 2006-2007 at the colposcopy clinic of BSMMU.
13) All the positive cases were referred to the colposcopy clinic of BSMMU of other government hospitals.
From 2005 to 2007, the colposcopy clinic of BSMMU received 1,547 women who were VIA-positive who had been referred there from 34 districts.
There were 16 women with late stage cervical cancer who were managed in the gynaecological oncology unit of BSMMU, Dhaka Medical College Hospital, and National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital.
Equipment for cryotherapy was provided to BSMMU and two medical college colposcopy clinics.
Though the programme is being continuously monitored by BSMMU and government officials, still no monitoring system has been developed as yet.
Findings of Pilot (2004-05) and Extended Programme (2006-07) of Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Programme, BSMMU.