- To implement a multicomponent programmatic intervention geared at fostering earlier detection of cancers.
- To evaluate the impact of the above on cancer stage at diagnosis and time to cancer treatment initiation
- To identify predictors of delayed diagnosis and delayed initiation of treatment.
- To further evaluate impact of the study intervention through assessment of change in healthcare provider knowledge and satisfaction.
- To characterize barriers to care of patients who miss clinical appointments.
- To develop an in-service training curriculum to foster early detection of cancer, with potential to be scaled up nationally
Study Design: A prospective open cohort study, with participants that includes;
- Patients suspected to have cancer who are referred up from primary public health facilities in Kweneng East district for evaluation of cancer care.
- Health care providers at these facilities
Study Population: Women of childbearing age in Botswana (either living with HIV and using DTG-based ART or without HIV infection and ART naïve) who have already chosen to use the LNG subdermal implant or the DMPA injectable for contraceptive protection.
Study Duration: 5 years.
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Study findings not published yet.