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.
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.
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.