Elisa Vandervort

From the field: SJRC Nicaragua

Hello from SJRC, Kayla and I are just sipping coffee here at the hotel.  Rain is pattering down as it has been all night.  It seems to be letting up now!  It is 6:30 AM and we are just relaxing for a wink before breakfast and day 1 of the clinical training. The didactic training...
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Great VIA/Cryo Video

Recently we came across a great video on VIA/Cryo and the Single Visit Approach, which the short segment calls “see and treat.”  This BBC video focuses on the cervical cancer prevention work of an organization in Rwanda called UJAMAA Medical Connections. This segment focuses on the same approach that Grounds for Health uses in its...
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Mexico Update: Energy, energy, energy!

Dra. Lupita in action The new clinic established by our coopertive partner La Comon Yaj Nop Tic is bursting with community interest and support. It has been open for the past two Fridays and each day, more than 50 people have sought care from the GFH-trained nurses and doctors who volunteer their time with the...
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Interesting Quote from WHO September 2011 Bulletin

We recently received a note from our colleague, Dr. Ricky Lu of Jhpiego, regarding the WHO’s September 2011 Bulletin: One bit of good news to share … I am attaching an article from the WHO Sept 2011 bulletin.  The quote from Nathalie is quite relevant given the point of the letter we had sent to...
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Quick Words from Mexico and Nicaragua

Two of our co-op partners in Chiapas, Mexico are creating small clinic spaces in their coop offices for continuing their work with GFH and perhaps other primary health care needs of their membership and community. Wow, no? La Comon Yaj Nop Tic in La Concordia will inaugurate their clinic on August 15th! They are equipped...
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Summer 2011 Update: Nicaragua

Grounds for Health field staff in Nicaragua just completed a series of trainings of nine new doctors and nurses in the region of Jinotega. The trainings were located in the small towns of Wiwili and El Cua where there is a sizable membership of our partner cooperatives CECOCAFEN and SOPPEXCCA. Over six days of clinical...
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Mexico and Nicaragua Program Updates

I’m happy to report that the past two months have been wonderfully full and successful in terms of our program trainings in Mexico and Nicaragua. The brief update on Mexico is that our recent Level 1 Campaign and Training (April 2011) was a great success.  There we are partnering with 4 cooperatives now.  In addition...
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Tanzania: Proof and Progress

We are excited to report that over the past six months, Grounds for Health-trained doctors and nurses in Kigoma, Tanzania have screened just over 1,000 women for cervical cancer on their own. There are now 11 sites up and running in this region, where we partner with the Kanyovu Coffee Cooperative, Jane Goodall Institute and...
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Update from Annah in Tanzania

Dr. Annah’s update from Kigoma is full of positive news about our newly trained clinicians from July 2010 and their rapid establishment of screening and cryotherapy treatment services in Kigoma Region.  All new sites are on track in terms of the goals and implementation plans each created as part of our training. Two sites (of...
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More Updates from Tanzania

I just got off the phone with our Tanzanian colleague Dr. Annah Kichambati in Kigoma, Tanzania. Annah is our Kigoma-based, GFH-supported colleague and coordinator of our cervical cancer collaboration. Up until recently, she was working with the Jane Goodall Institute as their lead trainer of community health distribution agents (CBDAs) in HIV/AIDS. She is a...
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