BASIC HEALTH INTERNATIONAL

Rating: 5 stars   16 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: One Gustave Levy Place Box 1170 New York NY 10029 USA

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.
Target demographics: Women living in rural areas of Latin America and the Carribean
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.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 outreach and training programs, entirely re-directed my undergrad thesis project and studies. I was inspired by my interactions with BHI team members. Their support of new ideas, encouragement and responsiveness to feedback was incredible. It is because of BHI's innovative approach to responding to the needs of their community, and genuine support of feedback that I have been able to continue work on a student developed project, designing portable exam beds for use in rural settings. From the onset this project has been fostered by BHI's remarkable team and I look forward to continue to learn from and work with individuals who are so dedicated to their work and mission.

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Life-changing

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2012

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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 methods and programs sustainable. Additionally, BHI continues to put forth influential and highly important research on screening methods and treatment. I feel fortunate to have worked with such an amazing organization, my involvement with BHI has been absolutely life changing. I feel like I was able to work on projects that I felt excited and passionate about. BHI provided me with experience in international women's health, public health and helped build my research skills. Everyone in the organization is so inspiring, completely dedicated and will utilize your skill sets effectively. I can't imagine where I would be if it wasn't for BHI and I'm sure all the women whose lives they've saved feel similar sentiments.

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 Salvadoran Ministry of Health. The staff and volunteers are passionate and bright, and work very hard! They are welcoming and interested. Expect to be inspired!!!

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Life-changing

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2012

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esta ha siso la mejor oportunidad de ayudar a las mujeres en mi pais a travez de la atencion,el entrenamiento,la experiencia es extraordinaria y muy humanitaria con un alto grado de profesionalismo y responsabilidad,como ginecologa me siento honrada en poder aportar mi colaboracion ,sigamos adelante

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Life-changing

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2012

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I am a OB/Gyn resident working with Basic Health both in a volunteer and research capacity. I was fortunate to connect with Dr. Cremer through my residency and have continued to be amazed by her passion and commitment. She is dedicated to creating a comprehensive model for cervical cancer from screening, surveillance, supporting treatment and evaluating care through research. I was fortunate to travel to El Salvador with the team for the CareHPV launch and cervical cancer educational seminar. The enthusiasm this organization creates for work on cervical cancer was contagious. The participants went home with new knowledge and energy for the mission. This organization does an excellent job of utilizing teh skills fo volunteers and subject matter experts for maximum benefit. I hope to soon be able to particpate in a VIA delegation and plan to continue with research efforts for cervical cancer screening in low resources settings.

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Desde que la misma organizacion me brindo la oportunidad de capacitarme sobre su trabajo, he comprobado la ayuda que esta brinda a las diferentes comunidades beneficiadas con su proyecto, en la prevencion y tratamiento de la patologia cervical. Tambien en la implementacion de nuevas tecnologias y actualizacion al respecto.

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I have been honored to work with Basic Health International on a number of projects over the past 10 years. They have a very specific mission -- to reduce the suffering associated with cervical cancer in El Salvador -- which makes them extremely effective. The staff is highly qualified and has the experience, expertise and dedication to approach cervical cancer from multiple fronts, from training health care professionals in cervical cancer screening, to supporting women as they undergo treatment, to researching new setting-appropriate methods for screening. As a volunteer, I always feel welcomed and well-utilized. They make excellent use of my time, identifying projects that match my skills and providing the support I need to make progress. It is highly rewarding volunteer work.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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I'm a medical student working with Basic Health International through the Fulbright program. Specifically, my research project examines patient preferences with regard to provider-collected sampling or patient self-sampling for HPV testing. I chose to work with Basic Health because I believe that their research model addresses one of the key challenges for medicine in developing countries - that of sustainability. By working alongside the Ministry of Health, Basic Health can ensure that the projects they perform are in a successful position to be continued by Ministry of Health over the long-term. Working with this organization has laid the groundwork for important skills that I'll continue to use and refine over the course of my career, including experience with research, organizational structure, leadership, sustainability, Spanish-speaking, professional contacts, and seeking funding opportunities. Working with Basic Health has been as life-changing for me as it has been for the patients they help.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

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2012

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I have been working with Basic Health since 2009 as a volunteer, helping with field research, and working on a community-based project. They are truly invested in building stronger communities within El Salvador, supporting useful locally-relevant research, and they are absolutely wonderful folks to work with. I always feel empowered and engaged with everyone at the organization, and I owe much of my international research experience to Basic Health. Basic Health not only has good intentions, but they take their work incredibly seriously and are thoughtful and diligent about making their work useful to those they serve. The collaborative nature of the organization and the open communication between volunteers and providers makes working with Basic Health a true joy.

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A lot

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2012

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I have been working for Basic Health as an intern for about a year now and it has been an incredible experience. Working with Basic health has allowed me to gain invaluable experience in public health and the world of global health. Because Basic Health is a fairly small organization my experience ranges from social networking and administrative support to designing a research study. The atmosphere at Basic Health is very welcoming to interns and volunteers and I highly recommend this organization for anyone looking for an internship or opportunities to work in public health or global health.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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