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Grounds for Health Nicaragua Coordinator Dr. Barinia Osejo (center) stand with clinical training participants and team during day 4 of the campaign

Grounds for Health and its coffee partner of three years, Prodecoop, are working together on a new program in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua. This month marks the beginning of a multi-year collaboration involving Prodecoop, the regional ministry of health in Nueva Segovia, and Grounds for Health.

Program Manager Ariel Delaney, nurse practitioner Erica Liebermann and two volunteers just returned from Jalapa, Nueva Segovia, where they were supporting veteran trainer Dr. Barinia Osejo during training and campaign activities. They were joined for a day by Executive Director Guy Stallworthy, who observed the screening and treatment services to familiarize himself with a Grounds for Health campaign. He remarked:

Many things impressed me: the dedicated hard work from everyone during the campaign; the positive attitude and collegial teamwork of the trainers; respectful approach towards the clients; the appreciation from the women; and the logistical and administrative challenges in setting up these campaigns. Kudos to Ariel for pulling it all together.

These activities will directly benefit some of Prodecoop’s most isolated coffee farming families. A more detailed account of results and next steps will be released shortly.

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3 Responses

  1. Casey Mattoon

    My name is Casey Mattoon, and I am a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. I had met you guys on the plane where you were coming down to work on the project here, and I thought the work you do sounded really interesting and had always wondered about the results. Do you guys have updates on the project? Are the trained officials working with the equipment still? Just interested to know, thanks and congrats on a good project.

  2. Kayla

    Hi Casey, Thanks for your interest! As of sept 2014, local providers trained by GfH in Nicaragua have screened over 9,000 women and treated more than 500 with cryotherapy. Not all of the providers have continued and those that do, are juggling a heavy workload in low resource settings, but most find the screen and treat approach immensely satisfying because they can give women their result immediately and, if positive treat her.

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