Why Coffee?

Often the first things people ask are:

“Is there some connection between coffee and cervical cancer? Are women in these countries more susceptible to the disease?”

The answers are simple: no and no. Many women in coffee-growing areas simply do not have access to life-saving cervical cancer screening and treatment services.


In 1996, Grounds for Health was founded by a member of the coffee industry who recognized that thousands of women in coffee-growing communities were dying needlessly from cervical cancer.

Coffee gives Grounds for Health a place to begin solving the world-wide problem of cervical cancer. Coffee is the second largest commodity in the world, surpassed only by oil; an estimated 100 million people work in coffee production. Some coffee-growing countries are among the poorest in the world, where people have little or no access to health care.

Providing cervical cancer prevention services to coffee-growing communities allows Grounds for Health to reach women who would normally have no access to critical health services. Our partnerships with coffee cooperatives in those countries provide key resources, community outreach, and access to care for the greatest chance of successfully reaching women in greatest need.