program updates

A Successful Campaign Thanks to Peru Staff

Late last month, Community Coordinator Cristely Mejia Cordova and Grounds for Health Program Coordinator Martha Pineda Guerrera organized a training and screening campaign in San Ignacio, Peru. Martha worked with four of our locally-trained clinical leaders to certify 10 new providers in VIA and cryotherapy. The training and clinical practice were coordinated and fully supported by the local ministry...
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Progress Report: Focus On Scale Paying Dividends

When Grounds for Health’s current program year (PY2014-15) began in October 2014, the entire team—from the Board of Directors to the staff on the ground—rallied around a common goal: to focus on scaling our programs in order to reach more women with our screening and treatment services. After three quarters of our program year, this emphasis...
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Trip Report: Ethiopia

Over three weeks in late September/early October, Grounds for Health was in Ethiopia to launch our campaign in the Wonsho District of Sidama Zone, SNNPR. This work represents the first cervical cancer prevention program to establish services in rural health centers of Ethiopia’s coffee-growing regions. The team led a two-day community health promoter training to...
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Bringing cervical cancer prevention to Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua

Grounds for Health and its coffee partner of three years, Prodecoop, are working together on a new program in the Nueva Segovia region of Nicaragua. This month marks the beginning of a multi-year collaboration involving Prodecoop, the regional ministry of health in Nueva Segovia, and Grounds for Health.

Grounds for Health Ethiopia Launches

After many months of planning, Grounds for Health’s Ethiopia program kicks off this month with the first set of community and clinical trainings on cervical cancer prevention. If successful, these activities will make Wonsho the first rural district in all of Ethiopia to offer ongoing cervical cancer prevention services.

Ethiopia: A Welcoming to the Birthplace of Coffee

While it may be a known fact that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, before I had travelled there in June with Grounds for Health I had many questions: would our partners be ready? What would the country be like? Would I even like the coffee? Arriving to Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, meaning new flower, having taken...
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Nicaragua: Multiplying Impact

In late April, new Program Manager Ariel Irene Delaney traveled to Nicaragua to meet the local team and become acquainted with our current, longest-standing Grounds for Health program. Upon arriving, she was immediately whisked into a meeting with Prodecoop, one of our cooperative partners. Talk about hitting the ground running! Soon after Ariel’s arrival, Grounds...
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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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Grounds for Health to Peru

August Burns (Executive Director) and Elisa Vandervort (Senior Clinical Officer) are in the midsts of planning Grounds for Health’s first-ever trip to Peru at the end of February. The purpose of this trip is to explore a potential Grounds for Health expansion to Peru. Similar to many other coffee producing countries, cervical cancer is the...
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Update from Nica Campaign: VIA/Cryo Success

Directly on the heels of the New York Times Article: Fighting Cervical Cancer With Vinegar and Ingenuity, Executive Director August Burns sent us a quick note: Stats from 1st day of campaign: 66 women seen today. 16 positive for VIA 12 treated, 2 biopsies for invasive cancer, two will return tomorrow. We caught all three...
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