Summary 2009-2010

Grounds for Health cultivates partnerships with coffee-farming communities to address the unacceptably high rate of cervical cancer in low-resource settings. We focus on developing locally sustainable early detection and preventive treatment programs with the long-term goal of reducing unnecessary deaths from cervical cancer.


  • Demonstrated feasibility of using GFH model in remote low-resource settings
  • Recognized by Ministries of Health at all sites as a exemplary training organization
  • During campaigns: 60% of women with a positive result treated using Single Visit Approach; 85% received appropriate follow-up care within one year
  • Outside of campaigns throughout year: 51% of women with a positive result treated using screen-and-treat method (see page 3)
  • 44 doctors and nurses trained and certified, creating the local potential to screen thousands more women
  • 35 primary health centers now have trained clinicians who can screen using low-resource appropriate methods
  • 11 health centers can provide immediate treatment

Women Screened Diagram

Grounds for Health

In low-resource areas worldwide, after a positive screening result, less than 25% of women ever receive appropriate follow-up treatment.1,2

With Grounds for Health, over 80% of women who had a positive result receive appropriate follow-up treatment.

1. Luciani S and Winkler J, Cervical Cancer Prevention in Peru: Lessons Learned from the TATI Demonstration Project, Washington, DC: Pan American Health Organization, 2006.

2. Gage JC et al., Follow-up care of women with an abnormal cytology in a low-resource setting, Cancer Detection and Prevention, 2003, 27(6):466–471.