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Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

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.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A month ago as a member of Rooms that Rock for Chemo, I had the pleasure of working together with members of BHI on a project in San Salvador renovating chemo therapy rooms at the Maternity Hospital. It’s one thing to hear about and support a foundation in their efforts, it’s another to work with them and see them in action. The drive and commitment of those involved was amazing. Their efforts and goal of addressing women’s medical needs around the world is very much needed, and I can say from first-hand experience “They are definitely making a difference”.

Veronika L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Please go to this link to read about my involvement with Basic Health:http://obgyn.med.nyu.edu/about-our-department/department-divisions/global-womens-health/global-health-projects/blog-el-salvad