WINGS

WINGS creates opportunities for Guatemalan families to improve their lives through family planning education and access to reproductive health services.
Oct 11, 2010

This Week Your Support Will Go Further!

A WINGS cervical cancer nurse and patient
A WINGS cervical cancer nurse and patient

Dear Friend,

WINGS is excited to have been invited to participate in GlobalGiving’s last matching challenge of the year.  This is the perfect opportunity to make your generous donation go further in support of WINGS’ efforts to provide Guatemalan women with cervical cancer detection and treatment services.

Here’s how it works: for every donation that you make to our cervical cancer project, http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/detect-and-treat-cervical-cancer-in-guatemala/, between TODAY and October 21st, GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30, 40 or 50% - the larger the donation the greater the matching amount!  If we raise the most donations we are eligible for a bonus award of $1,000.

Making a donation to WINGS’ Cervical Cancer Detection and Treatment Program will help save lives.  Of all new cases of cervical cancer, 80% occur in developing countries where effective screening programs are lacking. Amongst developing countries, the rates are highest in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.  Given the lack of an adequate government plan, few Guatemala women have ever been screened for cervical cancer. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among Guatemalan women of reproductive age, killing more women than breast, skin, ovarian and stomach cancers combined.  This is extremely tragic, especially given the fact that, when caught early, cervical cancer is highly treatable. 

WINGS plays an important role in bringing cervical cancer detection and treatment services to rural and underserved communities.  Through the use of mobile clinics, WINGS gives women, many of whom have never been screened before, a chance to take charge of their reproductive health.  WINGS is one of the only organizations in Guatemala to use the “see and treat” method (also known as VIA/Cryo) which allows for same-day detection, and in the majority of cases, treatment of precancerous cells.  This method is especially effective for women in rural and underserved communities, who often have difficulty attending follow-up clinics. 

Just one of WINGS’ success stories is Blanca, a cervical cancer survivor and mother of five.  Three years ago, when Blanca visited a WINGS clinic, a WINGS nurse discovered that Blanca had advanced stages of cervical cancer and referred her to the National Cancer Institute of Guatemala, where WINGS helped subsidize the cost of her surgery and follow-up treatment.  It is because Blanca visited one of WINGS’ clinics that she is alive and healthy today.  In speaking with Blanca, she says that her only regret is that her mother, who died at the age of 45 from cervical cancer, did not have access to such services.

You can help ensure that WINGS can continue to provide life-saving services to women like Blanca TODAY by participating in GlobalGivings’ Give More, Get More Challenge. A donation of just $50 will be matched at 30% and cover the cost of detection and treatment services for 4 women.  To further your support, ask your friends and family to visit our GlobalGiving project at http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/detect-and-treat-cervical-cancer-in-guatemala/

Thank you for supporting WINGS and for helping to improve the lives of women in Guatemala.

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

P.S.  To see where WINGS ranks in the competition, click here.

Oct 11, 2010

This Week Your Support Will Go Further!

A WINGS talk about family planning
A WINGS talk about family planning

Dear Friend,

WINGS is excited to have been invited to participate in GlobalGiving’s last matching challenge of the year.  This is the perfect opportunity to make your generous donation go further in support of WINGS’ efforts to provide Guatemalan women, men and youth with access to family planning education and services.

Here’s how it works: for every donation that you make to our family planning project, http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/family-planning-for-guatemalans-living-in-poverty/, between TODAY and October 21st, GlobalGiving will match your donation by 30, 40 or 50% - the larger the donation the greater the matching amount!  If we raise the most donations we are eligible for a bonus award of $1,000.

With the highest birthrate in all of Latin America and the Caribbean, the importance of providing women, men and youth in Guatemala with access to family planning education and services is as pertinent as ever.  Nearly 1/3 of all pregnancies in Guatemala are unplanned and 1/2 of all women in Guatemala have a child by the age of 20.  The result is that 1 in every 2 children in Guatemala suffers from chronic malnutrition and every year thousands of Guatemalan women die from unsafe abortions or birth-related complications.  Such tragedies are completely avoidable. Indeed, its costs as little as $7 to provide a woman with a year’s worth of birth control pills.

For nearly ten years WINGS has been at the forefront of improving access to family planning education and services to women, men and youth in Guatemala.  Working in low-income, rural and indigenous communities, WINGS provides family planning information through educational talks and financially subsidizes family planning methods for those most in need.  WINGS also trains community family planning promoters who act as resource individuals, providing both information and a range of affordable contraceptive methods in very rural areas.  In 2009 alone WINGS reached 14,903 people through educational talks and provided 23,171 temporary methods.     

You can help ensure that WINGS continues to provide these critical services TODAY by participating in GlobalGivings’ Give More, Get More Challenge and by sharing this message with your friends. A donation of just $50 will be matched at 30% and provide 9 women with one-year’s worth of protection from unwanted pregnancies.

Thank you for supporting WINGS and for helping to improve the lives of women in Guatemala.

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

P.S.  To see where WINGS ranks in the competition, click here.

Mother and daughter listen to WINGS talk
Mother and daughter listen to WINGS talk

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Sep 8, 2010

A WINGS volunteer reflects on her summer with us

WINGS has been fortunate enough to host numerous, well-qualified volunteers in 2010. Here is what one volunteer, Shelly Cooper, said about working for WINGS’ Cervical Cancer Detection and Treatment Program this past summer:

“I couldn’t have spent my summer off from medical school working with a more valuable program than WINGS’ cervical cancer program. After reviewing patient charts and attending clinics, I had the opportunity to talk to many Guatemalan women and hear their amazing stories. Many of the women had never been screened for cervical cancer before. Of those that had previously been screened using a Pap-smear, the majority had never received their results and/or several years had passed since their last screening. In addition to the invaluable preventative medicine component of these clinics, the nurses are also able to detect and begin treating various vaginal infections that same day. Patients may have been suffering for months until the WINGS mobile clinic happens to be in their municipality and distributes the necessary antibiotics. These clinics also provide a unique opportunity for women to comfortably talk with two experienced Guatemalan nurses about family planning, OBGYN issues or just basic female anatomy! The WINGS cervical cancer program is truly a successful and effective program.” WINGS’ cervical cancer program was very successful this past summer. In July alone, WINGS nurses screened 263 women for cervical cancer. Of these women, 97% were screened for the first time ever. These clinics likely saved the lives of three women who were found to have early signs of cervical cancer. WINGS’ staff was able to successfully treat two of these women with cryotherapy on the same day. The third, who showed signs of more advanced cancer, was referred to the National Cancer Institute, where WINGS will subsidize the cost of all follow-up treatment needed to help save her life.

WINGS is very grateful to its donors who help make these life-saving services available to underserved women in Guatemala. Thank you for your continued support of WINGS and for making a real difference in the lives of women in Guatemala!

Sincerely,

The WINGS Team

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