Market Dynamics

Dr. John Kamulegeya, Senior Medical Officer at Nakasongola Health Center in Uganda, talks to a group of women about the importance of cervical cancer screening. PATH/Will Boase

Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool

Though cervical cancer is a largely preventable disease, worldwide it is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women. Each year, it kills about 260,000 women, primarily in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Fortunately, cervical precancer screening and treatment is a proven technique for reducing cervical cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality. However, screen-positive women must receive timely and effective precancer treatment and there remain large inequities to accessing these services.

As the global health community increasingly recognizes the burden of cervical cancer, several high-burden countries are establishing cervical precancer screening and treatment programs. Additionally, decision-makers in these programs are now looking to understand what equipment must be procured and how to effectively deploy it.

To assist in these efforts, PATH’s Market Dynamics program has developed a scenario-based Excel model and a data visualization mapping tool to help country stakeholders understand how best to scale up their cervical precancer treatment programs. The modeling tool estimates the number of women treated, the number of units of equipment needed (for both gas-based cryotherapy and non-gas devices), and associated start-up costs across five different scenarios, allowing decision-makers to make better use of scarce resources. It can be populated with data from any LMIC and may inform national screening and treatment strategies. A Tableau data visualization mapping tool uses Uganda as an example to help users explore the effects at the district level of employing these five different strategies for deployment of ablative cervical precancer treatment equipment. Together, these tools can help countries weigh the tradeoffs involved in balancing patient access to treatment with financial and human resources costs and utilization of equipment and skilled personnel.

 

Tools and Resources

Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool: Fact sheet

A fact sheet that provides an overview of the Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool, including the background, a scenario overview, and how the tool can support evidence-based planning.

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Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool: Excel model

An Excel model that estimates the number of women treated, the number of units of treatment equipment needed by type, and the associated start-up costs and cost of gas across five different scenarios. Click the above link to download the Excel file. SEE DISCLAIMER IN TOOL BEFORE USE.

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Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool: Training video

A training video that explains how to use the Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool Excel model.

 

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Cervical Precancer Treatment Planning Tool: Data visualization

A Tableau data visualization tool that illustrates the Excel model results by district in Uganda. SEE DISCLAIMER IN TOOL BEFORE USE.

 

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More information

To learn more, please contact Sarah Gannon at sgannon@path.org, Bhavya Gowda at bgowda@path.org, or Tara Herrick at therrick@path.org

Funding for this project was provided by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.