Program ROSE uses a revolutionary approach to cervical screening by:
Featuring self-sampling by women themselves, instead of pelvic examination by healthcare professionals.
HPV testing, instead of a pap smear diagnostic test for abnormal cells.
Using a secure digital e-health platform that empowers women to register and have all their follow up communicated through their mobile phone.
Program ROSE was specifically designed for Malaysian women.
This evidence based approach can save lives and spare women and families from the suffering and financial hardship associated with cervical cancer.
PROGRAM ROSE AT A GLANCE
Program ROSE started off as Pilot Project ROSE, a research project led by University of Malaya. The aim of this pilot project was to assess the acceptability, feasibility and reach of a novel cervical screening strategy that utilized self-sampling in primary care settings, HPV (Human Papillomavirus) testing and follow-up of screened positive women in a tertiary hospital in Malaysia.
Instead of the conventional pap smear conducted by a healthcare professional, involving a pelvic examination, Program ROSE offers women the choice of using a self-swab: a quick, convenient and effective approach to enable molecular tests to be undertaken followed by prompt delivery of results straight to women's mobile phone.