BUMPER (Working collaboratively with vulnerable women to identify the best implementation gains by screening cervical cancer more effectively in European countries) is an EU-funded project that aims to co-create the offer of cervical screening with vulnerable groups for vulnerable groups.
Whilst cervical cancer screening (CCS) programmes considerably reduce cervical cancer mortality, they remain largely inaccessible and underused by subpopulations of vulnerable women and people with a cervix, which further exacerbates inequalities. CCS programmes rarely reach the subpopulations at the highest risk, adding to the challenges underserved groups already face in their efforts to maintain their socioeconomic and physical health.
CBIG-SCREEN is a project which aims to tackle inequalities in CCS by developing a Europe-wide knowledge framework around barriers to CCS and to work in collaboration with underserved groups to identify and develop strategies to meet their varied and specific needs. We will strive to explain the value of adopting these evidence-based strategies to policymakers and encourage CCS programmes to use these interventions in practice.
Through the running of three pilot interventions in Estonia, Portugal and Romania, the project aims to make screening more accessible and acceptable to vulnerable groups, and to increase screening ratios among vulnerable women.
CanScreen-ECIS is implemented by 8 partner organisations. CBIG-SCREEN’s approach is participatory and co-creational, focusing on the needs and wants of vulnerable groups and seeking to balance stakeholders’ perspectives and ideas. The project relies on Collaborative User Boards (CUBs) in 7 intervention countries. CUBs are advisory boards consisting of representatives of vulnerable and marginalised groups as well as actors engaged in cervical cancer screening at different levels. CUBs will (i) provide their perspectives on challenges and possible solutions to increase cervical cancer screening uptake and (ii) ensure that the development and implementation of the interventions meet local requirements and is context-specific.
ECL is deputy work package (WP) leader of WP2 (stakeholder engagement), which aims to (i) map existing CCS policies in all European countries to identify areas of greatest need within and between countries, and (ii) map stakeholders in partners’ countries who could be affected or can affect the implementation of effective preventive strategies.
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