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.
Latest Chiapas News from the Blog
Madriz: 2011 – Present
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.
Latest Madriz News from the Blog
- Field Testing: Community Health Promoter Curriculum October 16, 2012
- Men’s Perceptions of Cervical Cancer September 11, 2012
- Nicaragua: Natural Born Trainers June 26, 2012
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.
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.
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.
Latest Peru News from the Blog
- Celebrating Cervical Cancer Prevention in Peru: A Drop in the Ocean for Women’s Rights March 7, 2014
- Celebrando la Prevención del Cáncer del Cuello-Uterino en Perú: Una Gota en el Mar March 7, 2014
- Most Significant Change: Importance of Training January 2, 2014
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.
Kilimanjaro News from the Blog
- Photos from Tanzania February 28, 2012
- Training Curriculum in Tanzania January 31, 2012
- Legwork in Tanzania October 27, 2011
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.