Sexual and reproductive health

Monitoring national cervical cancer prevention and control programmes

Quality control and quality assurance for visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA)-based programmes

WHO, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 30
Publication date: 2013
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 150526 0


This guide outlines quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) considerations to support introduction or scale-up of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) as a screening test for cervical cancer, within the context of national comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and control programmes. The guide proposes a framework for QC and QA including a core set of indicators, and provides examples for how the indicators can be set, measured and used to strengthen programme implementation.

The guide is intended primarily for programme managers, supervisors and other stakeholders working in public health programmes for cervical cancer prevention and control.