Single Visit Approach

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Why is Cervical Cancer Month so important? Cervical cancer is a major killer of women worldwide and yet it is highly preventable. Next year, nearly 300,000 women are expected to die from cervical cancer, mainly due to lack of access to basic screening services. Approximately 90% of them will be in low and middle-income. The...
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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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Most Significant Change: Importance of Training

Story Teller: Ena del Carmen Balarezo Ramirez Role: A midwife working in sexual and reproductive health division of DISA Jaén, the sub-regional health authority Date of Recording: July 4, 2013 Location: A restaurant in Jaén, Cajamarca, Peru My name is Ena del Carmen Balarezo Ramirez. I am a midwife and have worked for the local...
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True Collaboration for Meaningful Impact

Early last month Grounds for Health Executive Director August Burns and in-country doctor Barinia Osejo attended the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Workshop on VIA and cryotherapy. Grounds for Health joined representatives from 11 countries and the World Health Organization, Basic Health International, United Nations Population Fund, International Planned Parenthood Federation, PATH and Jhpiego. These...
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Key to VIA Success: Vision and Vinegar

Sometimes it’s the simple things make all the difference. Here at Grounds for Health, we use the Single Visit Approach to screen for cervical cancer. Applying a vinegar wash on the cervix allows us to make a visual confirmation of potentially cancerous cells. This is known as visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). If the...
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January: Cervical Cancer Awareness Month – The Facts

In developing countries, cervical cancer claims more women’s lives than any other form of cancer including breast cancer. This is despite the fact that cervical cancer is one of the easiest cancers to detect and cure. In countries with adequate health resources cervical cancer is a rare disease thanks to the combination of regular Pap...
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Update from Annah in Tanzania

Dr. Annah’s update from Kigoma is full of positive news about our newly trained clinicians from July 2010 and their rapid establishment of screening and cryotherapy treatment services in Kigoma Region.  All new sites are on track in terms of the goals and implementation plans each created as part of our training. Two sites (of...
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Tanzania Trip Report: Training

From June 17 through July 5, 2010, we conducted a two-week training and cervical cancer screening campaign in Kigoma, Tanzania.  This trip marked our fourth visit to Kigoma and third training and screening campaign at this site. As in our other sites, we continue to focus on the implementation of the Single Visit Approach for...
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Single Visit Approach Refresher Video

If you haven’t seen Jhpiego’s short video on the Single Visit Approach, take a couple minutes; it’s worth it. Vice President and Medical Director at Jhpiego and Grounds for Health Advisory Board member Dr. Harshad Sanghvi provides a succinct explanation of our methods. It is because of the important work of Dr. Sanghvi and his...
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