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Nonprofit Overview

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Nancy61

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the founder and president of RoomsThatRock4Chemo, it was my pleasure indeed to be introduced to, and work together with Basic Health International in transforming the chemotherapy unit at Maternity Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. Under the excellent and professional direction of Dr. Mauricio Maza, BHI worked with dedication and professionalism, willing to do whatever it took to get the project completed “on time and under budget". The BHI family included, doctors, board members and professionals of all levels, everyone contributing and therefore making a difference to those that must endure chemotherapy.

I was able to learn more about the BHI mission of eradicating cervical cancer that devastates so many women of all ages in El Salvador. As they explained their mission in greater detail, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion that was visible in their eyes and hearts as they spoke of their dedication to detect, treat, and stop this horrible cancer.

BHI is truly a non-profit that is worthy of praise. I hope we are able to collaborate again in the not too distant future. Thank you BHI!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have spent considerable time with the staff, physicians and board members of Basic Health International and have come away with the sense that BHI is tackling one of the most important healthcare issues in Central America. Cervical Cancer is the highest killer in Central America of women and for most it is entirely preventable. A cancer diagnosis can shake the foundation of families both financially and emotionally. Basic Health is committed to eliminating that suffering for so many with a team of professionals with extraordinary compassion. BHI is doing exactly what is needed.

1) Creating Awareness
2) Partnering with other non-profits to open up access to screening and treatment in Rural Communities
3) Developing innovative ideas i.e. the portable bed that could be utilized in Rural settings around the world
4) Generating funding to provide free screenings and treatment
5) Conducting research to evaluate cervical cancer prevention methods for areas with limited resources

I have been in Healthcare Philanthropy for the last seventeen years
both grant making and fundraising and without a doubt Basic Health
International is a Great Non-profit.
Taylor