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Phone: 212-241-0733
One Gustave Levy Place
Box 1170

New York
New York 10029
USA
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Target demographics: Women living in rural areas of Latin America and the Carribean

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Provide administrative or other support at our offices in New York, NY or Pittsburgh, PA.

Geographic areas served: Latin America and the Caribbean

Programs: Medical Training: BHI trains health professionals in low-tech, low-cost screening and treatment methods appropriate for use in low-resource settings.

Patient Care: Basic Health offers free cervical cancer screening and treatment for cases of precancer and provides arrangements for treatment, transportation, food and housing for all women whom we identify with cervical cancer.

Policy Guidance: BHI contributes to national and international cervical cancer screening guidelines by collaborating with Ministries of Health in Latin America and the World Health Organization to update policies.

Research: BHI conducts research to improve screening and prevention practices and share what we learn with the public health community.

Mission:
Basic Health International's mission is to eradicate cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Results:
Basic Health International has screened over 9,000 women and identified and provided treatment for 15 cancer cases since 2006. BHI has trained more than 90 clinicians in cervical cancer screening methods who use these skills throughout El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. We have also published 15 papers about best practices in cervical cancer treatment, screening, and research.

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11/04/12
My first experience with Basic Health International was two years ago during a study abroad course offered by Hampshire College to expose students interested in public health to an non-profit organization doing real work in the field.This experience with BHI in El Salvador, observing community ... more »
10/31/12
Basic Health International takes an innovative approach to tackling the crisis of cervical cancer in El Salvador by not only conducting screenings throughout the country using low resource techniques, but continually training and working with the Ministry of Health in El Salvador to make these ... more »
10/23/12
I've been volunteering with Basic Health for five years. In that time, I've watched the organization make huge strides towards eradicating cervical cancer in El Salvador. They are dedicated to their efforts to be an EFFECTIVE non-profit, as is evidenced by their continuous collaboration with the ... more »
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