A regional cooperation network established in 1966 for education, training and research under the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education. The Network serves as a focal point in higher education and research with a mission to develop the capacity of individuals and institutions in delivering quality healthcare. The Regional Centres of the Network are affiliated with academic and research institutions which provide the physical facilities, faculty and technical staff in respective Member Countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). Its Associate Members are Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Norway).
SEAMEO’s highest policy making body is the SEAMEO Council (SEAMEC), which is composed of the Ministers/Secretaries of Education of the Member Countries.
National Institute of Cancer prevention and research (NICPR) was initially established as Cytology Research Centre (CRC) by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 1979, and was elevated to the level of an Institute in 1989. It was granted national status in 2016 acknowledging its mandate and contributions towards cancer prevention. The institute has broadened its horizon to cater to prevention of prevalent cancers in the country. The thrust areas of research include pre-cancer and cancers of the uterine cervix, breast and oral cancers. NICPR has since made significant contributions in the field of cervical cancer research. The concept of clinical downstaging, visual inspection of cervix with selective cytology screening and development of novel diagnostic approaches for HPV and other oncogenes have been introduced for screening and early detection of cervical cancer.