Nueva Segovia: 2014-Present
Located in the northern mountains of Nicaragua bordering Honduras, Nueva Segovia is the fourth cervical cancer prevention program Grounds for Health has established in Nicaragua. Alongside our coffee cooperative partner Prodecoop, and the local health authorities, our program focuses on expanding Screen and Treat services to combat cervical cancer in rural areas. The ultimate goal is to build the capacity of local partners to integrate VIA and cryotherapy into primary care services and strengthen linkages between rural communities and these services.
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In the northern highlands of Madriz, Nicaragua, Grounds for Health is partnering with four coffee co-ops – UCPCO, Prodecoop, UCA San Juan and Corcasan–and local health authorities to improve cervical cancer prevention services. The Madriz program builds on the successes and lessons learned from our work in the departments of Matagalpa and Jinotega and focuses on integrating VIA and cryotherapy into primary care services, as well as community outreach and education.
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In Matagalpa, just north of the center of Nicaragua, Grounds for Health has partnered with the coffee co-op CECOCAFEN to establish a sustainable community-based cervical cancer screening and treatment program. The co-op continues to support a local network of community health promoters and coordinate with Grounds for Health trained providers and local health authorities to ensure women in coffee-growing communities have access to these life-saving services.
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Grounds for Health’s first program in Nicaragua began in 2007 with an invitation from the SOPPEXCCA cooperative in Jinotega. Jinotega lies in north-central Nicaragua two and half hours north of Managua. At the end of the four-year collaboration, Grounds for Health successfully transitioned ownership of this program to SOPPEXXCA and the local ministry of health, which together have formed a working group with various local and international partners and continue to support and grow the network of local providers and community health promoters dedicated to cervical cancer prevention.
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Even though the Peru program is relatively new, Grounds for Health has already experienced great successes in the region. At the invitation of C.A.C. La Prosperidad (Chirinos), a coffee cooperative based in the Cajamarca Region, staff traveled in June 2012 to this verdant coffee growing region near the northern border with Ecuador. In partnership with Chirinos and local health authorities, Grounds for Health has been establishing our model of sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention services in this rural region. We have focused on integrating VIA and cryotherapy into primary care services, developing a network of community health promoters, and exploring expanding our partnership to include additional coffee cooperatives.
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Grounds for Health has begun a demonstration project in Sidama Zone of the Southern Nation and Nationalities Region of Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. In this lush coffee growing region of Ethiopia, Grounds for Health is partnering with the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and the local health authorities to establish the first cervical cancer prevention services in rural areas. Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union has 46 base cooperatives and over 80,000 farmers (small holders) making it the second largest coffee producing cooperative union in Ethiopia. The program is currently focused on the Wonsho district where the Fero base co-operative is located.
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The state of Chiapas lies in the hills of southern Mexico bordering Guatemala and the Pacific Ocean. In this remote region near the El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Grounds for Health has reached hundreds of coffee-growing communities in the municipalities of Jaltenango, Siltepec, La Concordia and Monte Cristo. Together with our four co-op partners–CESMACH, La Comon Yaj Nop Tic, Ramal Santa Cruz and Finca Triunfo Verde–Grounds for Health has developed an expansive network of community health promoters and providers dedicated to providing early detection and treatment services to communities with the highest need.
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In the fall of 2011 Grounds for Health moved across the country of Tanzania from Kigoma to Kilimanjaro. Our program in Kigoma was well established at that point and our partner ICAP was in a good position to continue to support the program until the time when the ministry of health is able to fully manage these programs. In Kilimanjaro we have partnered with the Association of Kilimanjaro Specialty Coffee Growers (Kilicafe), The Elizabeth Glazier Pediatric Aids Foundation (EGPAF) and The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Since then Grounds for Health has conducted trainings of both clinical providers and community health promoters as cervical cancer prevention services are established in the region.
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Kigoma is perched at the far western border of Tanzania, across Lake Tanganyika from the Congo Republic. In this remote region, Grounds for Health partners with the Kanyovu co-operative and the Jane Goodall Institute.