The aim of the PICCSI Project is to screen women in the Pacific for the virus that causes cervix cancer – Human papillomavirus. This is similar to how women are screened in Australia and many parts of the world.
When women test positive for the virus they are offered a small procedure as treatment. The PICCSI Project screens and treats women on the same day, at a health service close to their home. This should decrease the number of women who are lost between getting results and receiving treatment, and subsequently the number of women who develop cervix cancer long term.
The project began in Fiji in 2018, and plans to spread to a number of other Pacific nations should funding allow.
For more information, please see the proposal summary.