August Burns (Executive Director) and Elisa Vandervort (Senior Clinical Officer) are in the midsts of planning Grounds for Health’s first-ever trip to Peru at the end of February. The purpose of this trip is to explore a potential Grounds for Health expansion to Peru. Similar to many other coffee producing countries, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among women in Peru.
The Ministry of Health of Peru embraces visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) and cryotherapy for cervical cancer prevention, the same model we use in our programs. As such, Peru would be an excellent potential match for our programming. Peru also happens to be one of the original five countries where extensive research and demonstration projects on VIA were conducted, so they are experienced in its use and eager to have support in implementation.
While in Peru, we will visit with potential coffee cooperative, Ministry of Health and NGO partners. We will also have the opportunity to visit with colleagues and supporters at Sustainable Harvest and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
This trip is made possible thanks to a recent grant from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, as well as financial contributions from many of our supporters. Thank you!
More updates to come!
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