Rebecca Singer

Grounds for Health at the International Cancer Control Conference

From November 3-6, Grounds for Health Executive Director August Burns and Senior Program Officer Rebecca Singer will attend the International Cancer Control Conference 5 in Lima, Peru. The theme of the congress is ‘International Collaboration’ and it will highlight the need for collaboration and cooperation in implementing cancer and non-communicable disease control strategies worldwide. Grounds...
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Ethiopia: A Country of Firsts

As legend has it, coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a goat herder named Kaldi who noticed his animals were getting a bit friskier after eating some red berries from a certain bush. Excited, Kaldi ran to show a monk in a nearby monastery, but the monk disapproved of these berries and threw them into...
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Volunteer Perspective: Sylvia Estrada

“Priceless,” is how Sylvia Estrada, a veteran Grounds for Health volunteer, explains the value of traveling to Latin America with Grounds for Health. “When a woman gets off the exam table, gives us a hug, and thanks us—that is what keeps me going back.” And going back is what Sylvia will do in October when...
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Cervical Cancer Prevention: A Powerful Idea

Nothing else in the world … is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. While these words were written by Victor Hugo over 150 years ago, they have never been more apt than in regards to the idea of universal access to cervical cancer prevention services. In late May, nearly 500 key players*...
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Churupampa Walk

We had been walking steadily downhill through coffee fields for about two hours, stopping once or twice to “poach” a tropical fruit and satisfy our slight hunger. This November day had started off as all mornings in the coffee-growing region of Chirinos, Peru seem to: cool and slightly cloudy. But during those hours of plodding...
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Men’s Perceptions of Cervical Cancer

From January through June 2012, Dan Allen, a student at the Boston University School of Public Health, conducted research into men’s perceptions of cervical cancer and cervical cancer prevention services in San Juan de Rio Coco, Madriz, Nicaragua. As we are well aware from our work, men are often the primary decision-makers regarding women’s health....
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A Peruvian Marriage

Editor’s Note: This piece was written on June 15, when Senior Program Officer Rebecca Singer and Senior Clinical Officer Elisa Vandervort were in Peru, investigating Grounds for Health expansion. It is our last morning in Peru and per usual, I have woken up early. While waiting for the sun to rise so that I can...
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Nicaragua: Natural Born Trainers

It was the last day of our training and campaign in San Juan de Rio Coco. Women were still waiting to be screened and a few women were waiting for cryotherapy. I was sitting outside in the waiting area chatting with a group of the coordinators from the coffee cooperatives, the rest of our US-based...
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