Implementation of the National Screening Programme for Colorectal, Cervical and Breast Cancer
Unfavorable tendencies in the health status of the population in Serbia have preoccupied both the health professionals and the general public lately. Serbia has one of the highest mortality rates due to cancer in the WHO European region. Mortality due to breast, cervical and colorectal cancer constitutes a large part of overall incidence. The goal of the EU funded technical assistance project Implementation of the National Screening Programme for Colorectal, Cervical and Breast Cancer, EuropeAid/129574/C/SER/RS, is to improve organizational capacities within the Ministry of Health and the Serbian health sector to combat these diseases through their early identification.
The appearance of Prof Dušan Keber, the Team Leader of the project “Implementation of the National screening programme for colorectal, cervical and breast cancer” on the national television RTS during the evening News programme on the 28th May 2012, was noted for vital information regarding inadequate screening policy and poor results in this area, which is the focus of this project. Trainings for colonoscopy professionals are currently ongoing within this project. Practical education and testing sessions regarding PAP Smears Reading according to BETHESDA classification were held between the 5th and the 12th May 2012. Implementation of the National Screening Programme is a project which aims at improving health and well-being of general population in Serbia, and training of key staff participating in the operation of the national cancer screening programmes (radiologists, radiographers, cytotechnicians, cytopathologists, gastroenterologists). It assists national and regional institutes for public health and the Ministry of health in mobilization and motivation campaigns directed at health services users.