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TOwards imProved screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer in Eastern-Europe: Equitable, Actionable, Sustainable and Trustworthy

Objective

Colorectal, breast and cervical cancer cause 155,000 deaths each year in middle income countries (MIC) in Eastern Europe, while there is good evidence that a large proportion could be prevented by organized screening. Although many MIC in Eastern Europe have implemented some form of cancer screening, this screening is often non-organized, leading to lack of data and quality assurance systems. Also, coverage is commonly low and minority groups are not reached.
In a previous HORIZON2020 project ‘EU-TOPIA’, we developed road maps to improve cancer screening programmes in Europe. In the current project, EU-TOPIA-EAST, these roadmaps will be refined and translated into action plans for three MICs: Georgia (breast), Romania (cervix) and Montenegro (colorectal). These action plans will take the local health and social system into account by performing detailed barrier and stakeholder analyses, leading to feasible changes to current screening programs. Next, we will implement these action plans: e.g. in Georgia, we will increase coverage of the programme by establishing a new screening unit; in Romania, we will develop new IT infrastructure to allow invitation-based cervical cancer screening; and finally in Montenegro we will establish a new colonoscopy center to increase programme capacity decrease travel time for participants.
The implemented programs will be monitored and evaluated using key indicators and sophisticated decision models to predict the long-term and country-wide benefits, harms and cost-effectiveness. During workshops and roundtable discussions for policymakers and screening program coordinators from all countries in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean to build capacity and upscale the implementation of these intervention(s) in Equitable, Accessible, and SusTainable (EU-TOPIA-EAST) ways. In this way, the project will improve the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer in real-life settings in Eastern European and Mediterranean countries.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer/cervical cancer
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer/colorectal cancer
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/cancer/breast cancer

Call for proposal

H2020-SC1-2020-Single-Stage-RTD
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Address
Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 GD Rotterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 997 500

Participants (7)

SYREON KUTATO INTEZET KORLATOLT FELELOSSEGU TARSASAG
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 275 565
Address
Mexikoi Ut 65/A
1142 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AZIENDA OSPEDALIERA CITTA DELLA SALUTE E DELLA SCIENZA DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 299 120
Address
Corso Bramante 88 90
10126 Torino
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
GEORGIAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY
Georgia
EU contribution
€ 419 162,50
Address
Trialeti Str 50 Samgori Disctrict
0182 Tbilisi
Activity type
Other
INSTITUTUL ONCOLOGIC PROF DR ION CHIRICUTA CLUJ-NAPOCA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 400 475
Address
Strada Republicii 34-36
400015 Cluj Napoca
Activity type
Research Organisations
ZDRAVSTVENA USTANOVA INSTITUT ZA JAVNO ZDRAVLJE PODGORICA
Montenegro
EU contribution
€ 400 000
Address
Dzona Dzeksona
81000 Podgorica
Activity type
Research Organisations
ONKOLOSKI INSTITUT LJUBLJANA
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 174 763,75
Address
Zaloska Cesta 2
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Research Organisations
TOPICUS.HEALTHCARE BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 150 750
Address
Singel 25
7411 HW Deventer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)