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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

16 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!!!

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.

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Basic Health International (BHI) is an incredible organization. It began as a group of clinicians that addressed several different needs in El Salvador, but has evolved to focus exclusively on cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean. BHI has made amazing strides in educating providers, increasing access to screening/treatment and in cervical cancer research. They are truly a presence in the region and I have no doubt they will be a major player in decreasing cervical cancer fatalities around the world.

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!

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”.

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

Board Member

Rating: 5

BHI is a group of decidated professional that are great to work with on women's health issues. It's a nonprofit that has a unique combination of research and policy experts, working together with clinicians to solve real health issues. What can I say, this group knows how to implement complex programs, in low resource settings.

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