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For two days, on October 10 and 11, within the framework of the "Improving cancer care coordination and screening in Latvia and Slovakia, ICCCS" project, a working group seminar organized by LU KPMI will take place, where international experts will work on evaluation of the cancer screening situation in Latvia and together with local experts will offer new cancer screening guidelines.

The seminar organized by LU KPMI will evaluate the prepared national action plan for colorectal, cervical and breast cancer screening, which also includes strategic directions for the introduction of new screening methods. The event will promote cooperation among various Latvian institutions involved in cancer screening. The seminar will also discuss the role of the institutions of the University of Latvia and their representative researchers and the potential cooperation with other institutions in the future in cancer research.

The two-day seminar will cover the following areas: "Administration and legislation. Organization, financing and personnel"; "Data and IT systems quality assurance training"; "Screening and diagnostics – guidelines and protocols”; "Invitations and communication with screeners".

The project "Improving cancer care coordination and screening in Latvia and Slovakia - ICCCS" (Improving cancer care coordination and screening in Latvia and Slovakia - ICCCS) has been taking place in Latvia since the beginning of 2022 on the initiative of LU KPMI. As part of it, internationally recognized experts in the field of cancer get to know the work and problem situations of the health sector in Latvia and Slovakia, and prepare proposals for various improvements. The recommendations given by the experts to industry specialists and decision-makers help improve cancer screening rates, make improvements in the cancer registry, as well as promote favorable conditions for the establishment of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in both countries. In Latvia, the project is coordinated by LU KPMI.

The project is supported by the European Union's Technical Assistance Instrument (TAI) and has been carried out in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate General for Structural Reform Support (DG REFORM).