Working with a Mexican OB/GYN, they set out to improve cervical cancer screening in the Oaxaca region. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade offered initial financial support, while volunteer cytologists and pathologists offered their skills, making regular trips to the area to provide on-site training and interpretation of Pap smears.
Since 1996, over 45,000 women have been screened for cervical cancer as a result of Grounds for Health programs.
Grounds for Health educates communities in the Single Visit Approach, which has proven be the most effective way to screen for and treat cervical cancer in low-resource environments. Our paid staff and team of medical volunteers collaborate with regional coffee cooperatives, community members, and local health care professionals to increase awareness about cervical cancer, establish screening campaigns, and improve cancer-prevention infrastructure.
Grounds for Health currently runs programs in Tanzania, Nicaragua and Peru, and will continue to explore the possibilities for future sites. There is an overwhelming need for cervical cancer services all over the developing world. Grounds for Health is meeting this challenge head-on with simple, effective, and sustainable solutions.